* ActorAllusion: Sam at one point says "[[Franchise/EvilDead Very Groovy]]." His nickname among the Flaming Sword soldiers is "The Chin". Also, the chainsaw. He also holds up a gun in a triumphant stance, much like the "This is my boomstick!" scene.
** Not to mention the scene where he ''throws a freakin' chainsaw.''
* DawsonCasting: 26 year-old Ilza Rosario as teenage Beatriz.
* DirectedByCastMember: Jeffery Donovan being brought on as director was sort of a fluke (he expressed some interest and it just happened to go through). He directed a few episodes of ''Series/BurnNotice'' but said it was too exhausting being both the star and director, which made this movie (where he isn't the main character) more appealing to him.
* DyeingForYourArt: A funny example, as Campbell lost weight and dyed his hair to portray a Sam who was at least 5 years younger, but he couldn't be in particularly excellent shape or eliminate all his grey hairs because the premise is Sam was [[CharacterAgedWithTheActor getting too old for this]].
* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/PedroPascal, who played Veracruz, spent most of his career being the personification of HeyItsThatGuy, but he got a lot easier to recognize and more noticeable after playing [[Series/GameOfThrones Oberyn Martell]] 3 years after this movie came out.