!!The film:
* ActorAllusion
** Just before he's launched into the Zone, Richards promises that [[TheTerminator "I'll be back."]] To say nothing of Richard Dawson's role as a game show host.
** Sub Zero is introduced as "Professor Sub Zero," a nod to the ring name of his actor, former pro wrestler [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Kalani,_Jr./ "Professor" Toru Tanaka.]]
** Killian refers to Fireball as the "number one rusher"; Jim Brown, who played Fireball, was the running back for the Cleveland Browns, and once held the record for the most career rushing yards.
*** Fireball also yells "Win one for the Zero", a play on the famous Knute Rockne quote, "Win one for the Gipper."
* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** ''The Survivor'' (Mexico/Venezuela/Brazil)
** ''The Invincible'' (Greece)
** ''Refugee'' (Poland)
** ''Racer'' (Serbia)
** ''Final Chance'' (Denmark)
** ''The Gladiator'' (Portugal)
** ''Battle Runner'' (Japan)
** ''L'implacabile'' (Italy)
* {{Defictionalization}}: The technology used to frame Richards by digitally swapping his face with that of the real killer is now completely real.
** Likewise, while the computer graphics technology to simulate all the other fake footage entirely from scratch is still rather expensive, the software and technical skill necessary to do so are all available to Hollywood and anyone else who can afford them.
*** Also a case of TechnologyMarchesOn: Many of Richards' "escape" methods wouldn't happen today, in a world of cell phone cameras and GPS. And much of the technology in the movie seems to consist of blinking lights.
* HeyItsThatGuy
** [[PeeWeesBigAdventure Frances]]' butler, [[StirCrazy Grossberger]], and [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Jim Brown]] all play Stalkers.
** [[Film/LiveAndLetDie Mister Big]] plays Laughlin.
** Plus [[FleetwoodMac Mick Fleetwood]] as [[TheDanza rebel leader Mic]], and Dweezil Zappa as that one rebel guy.
** Let's not forget that the game show itself is hosted by [[HogansHeroes Newkirk]].
** And the announcer is... [[InvaderZim Professor Membrane]], apparently.
* Sven, Killian's bodyguard, exemplifies the following tropes (continued from main):
** TheDanza
* WhatCouldHaveBeen
** Creator/DolphLundgren and Creator/ChristopherReeve were both considered for the role of Ben Richards. Can you imagine Ivan Drago or Clark Kent taking a chainsaw to a guy's genitals?
** [[TheFugitive Andrew Davis]] was originally going to direct the film (after three previous directors pulled out) but was fired a week into production due to going overbudget and being four days behind schedule. Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky from ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'') finished the film.