* BaseBreaker: Jennifer's likeability drops after she murders the sympathetic Matthew in cold blood.
** That is, of course, if you find a rapist sympathetic.
** Taken even farther in the remake, when she kidnaps the sheriff's (completely innocent) daughter and uses her as a hostage. The film never reveals what happens to her, so it is possible that Jennifer murdered her.
* BileFascination: David Churchill argues that [[http://www.criticsatlarge.ca/2011/03/when-criticism-backfires-i-spit-on-your.html the remake never would have happened if Ebert's infamous review of the first film hadn't ripped into it so bad]], making audiences curious about its vileness.
* CaptainObviousAesop: Hey, did you know rape is bad?
* CatharsisFactor: A non-videogame example, and the reason the original film exists. The director wanted to make a feminist movie that empowered rape victims through Jennifer's rampage.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The movie glorifies a RoaringRampageOfRevenge for rape as "empowering." A lot of critics slammed it for this.
* HellIsThatNoise: The harmonica tune.
* {{Narm}}: Johnny's screaming from the bathroom in the original: "It won't stop bleeding! IT WON'T STOP ''BLEEEEEDIIIIINNNGGG''!!!"
* NightmareFuel: The rape scene in the original, and the rapists' death scenes in the remake. Especially [[spoiler:Storch and Matthew's]].
* SpecialEffectFailure: The crows that killed [[spoiler:Stanley]] in the remake are poorly CGI-rendered.

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