I think some people over-apply, which gives many lovely fragrances a bad reputation. Fracas is oten described as a bombshell, but when I used to wear it I was told I smelled "clean" and "fresh". But I didn't apply a lot. I don't wear it anymore, and I should because I like Fracas. I guess I got tired of it and pushed it to the back of the shelf, and there are so many lovely and interesting tuberose fragrances to choose from, and I tend to get side tracked by sampling. It could be, as you say, that its basic style is not to most people's taste today. There's a lot going on in there. I can't imagine it's more scary than Bandit (no offense to Bandit lovers, of course)! Anything can be scary that's hosed on, however.