!!The movies:

* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Development of this film was turned-down by other Hollywood movie studios due to its contentious, controversial and sensitive subject matter involving vigilantism, pack-rape, and crime.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The soundtracks for ''2'' and ''3''. It is to be expected when you have [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]] being the composer.
* CriticalDissonance: Save for the first film, the series on the whole was largely trounced by critics. But action fans enjoyed them, and their support allowed the franchise to last well into TheNineties.
* FirstInstallmentWins: From a critical and filmmaking point of view, the first ''Death Wish'' was the best received film of the series. The rest of the sequels fell under a bad case of {{Sequelitis}} (they still have their fans, but usually for their SoBadItsGood nature).
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The movies are very popular in Mexico, to the grade the Spanish title of the movie, ''El Vengador Anonimo'' (The Anonymous Avenger) is synonymous of a cop who fights crime outside the law.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** The killers in the first film targeting Kersey' s wife and daughter after spotting them in the grocery store and following them home. 33 years later, this is ''exactly'' how the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheshire%2C_Connecticut%2C_home_invasion_murders horrific rape and murder of Dr. William Petit's wife and daughters]] began.
** About ten years after the movie came out, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_New_York_City_Subway_shooting Bernie Goetz]] would gun down four muggers in the New York subway in a similar manner as Paul Kersey does.
* IronWoobie: The only woman who survived being related to Paul Kersey is the one who abandoned him. Being ''a friend'' of Paul is no guarantee of survival, either. But Paul Kersey only grieves for a short while... [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge and then gets even. With interests.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: The three [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] thugs from the first movie rape Kersey's wife and daughter, killing the former.
* NightmareFuel: Good '''God''', the [[AdultFear rape scene]].
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Creator/JeffGoldblum makes his film debut as Freak #1.
** Creator/DenzelWashington similarly debuts as one of the thugs mugging the old man in the alley.
** Creator/ChristopherGuest plays Patrolman Jackson Reilly.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The film started as a grounded, down-to-earth crime drama where Paul Kersey brought about a cynical analysis of the attitudes of Americans regarding the crime waves of the 1970s, and stood out as unique in the action genre at the time. Its four sequels however became progressively less grounded in reality and increasingly over the top, with Kersey resorting to excessive means in dispatching one typical action movie villain after another and dropping the social commentary that magnified the first film's impact.
* TheWoobie: Kersey's poor daughter just could not catch a break...
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