* {{Anvilicious}}: While the satire in ''New York'' was a lot less specific and aimed more for a general dark look at what future society could become, ''L.A.'' goes way into specifics in terms of having an ultra-evil conservative president and some of the most obvious satirical jabs at L.A. culture.
* BrokenBase / ContestedSequel: Some people think [[{{Sequelitis}} the movie's a piece of garbage]], others think it's just as good as ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', and still others actually [[EvenBetterSequel think it's]] '''[[EvenBetterSequel better]]''' (Rumor has it that last camp includes Creator/JohnCarpenter himself).
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GlEeRnMJDM Snake's Uniform]]". Yes, at this this point, Snake is {{Badass}} enough to have his own {{Leitmotif}}.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDGJTyCLc04 The One]]" by White Zombie, heard over the end credits. Of course, this wouldn't be the last time RobZombie would be involved with a Creator/JohnCarpenter [[Film/{{Halloween 2007}} movie]]. Unfortunately.
** Also, give Carpenter credit for being just about the only filmmaker in Hollywood (other than [[SpaceAboveAndBeyond Wong and Morgan]]) to give Shirley Walker a real shot in movies.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJcdI1CyoBI This remix]] of the ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' theme, which plays over this movie's opening credits.
* InferredHolocaust: Snake Plissken stops all electricity, all over the Earth. Actually, it does not seem like anyone could really consider there to be any "winners" in that movie, unless you think that cutting the power was going to stop the world[[note]]and by 'the world' we mean 'the United States'[[/note]] from tearing itself apart. Though, given that Snake's action effectively terminated the United States as a functioning political entity, it's likely that those guards would have more reason to shoot ''the president'' instead of his daughter for getting them into their situation than her. A healthy young woman would have more value in the AfterTheEnd world to come than a crackpot ex-president.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Cliff Robertson, who played the President, would be better known to modern audiences as [[Film/SpiderMan Uncle Ben]], a role as far removed from this one as it gets.
** In ''Christopher Columbus The Discovery'', George Corraface played the title character, who allegedly discovered America. In ''Escape From LA'', Corraface played Cuervo Jones, who wants to take over America.
** Bankok has apparently been renamed [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas New Vegas]].
** The President's delivery of the line "You didn't finish the mission, Snake" makes him sound a lot like [[MetalGearSolid Colonel Campbell]].
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Talisma reveals that she was persecuted and ultimately rejected from society for being a Muslim. Sadly, TruthInTelevision for many Muslims today.
** The "tsunami surfing" scene's humor falls a bit flat in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake or the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.
** Snake shutting down the world is both this and hilarious on account of the recent Ice Storm in Ontario 2013. It's a double whammy since Canada was the original Escape Plan in [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork New York,]] and this movie taking place in a fictional 2013.
* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler:Snake hits the entire world with the EMP]].
* MoralEventHorizon: The President has already proven himself a fundamentalist lunatic who purposely introduced a tyrannical new regime in the United States and views the rest of the world as scum to be destroyed. He later shows that he was serious about the orders he gave Snake when he orders [[OffingTheOffspring his own daughter killed by electrocution]] even after her return to the mainland, visibly disgusting even Snake.
* {{Narm}}:
** Snake surfing a tsunami down a spillway.
** Hershey's Chinese {{Mook}} talking about "The Nightwind" as a way to attack Cuervo's base.
* OneSceneWonder: BruceCampbell as the Surgeon General of Beverly Hills.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: They apparently had a CGI budget of "ten bucks and an old Amiga", and ''hoo boy'' does it show.

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