* AdultFear : Your child goes missing and becomes a monster.
* BetterThanCanon: The scenario set-up in the alternate stingers to "The Tribe" - featuring [[spoiler:Sam arriving in Lunar Bay to warn Edgar that a head vampire was heading there to settle an old score with the two of them; said vampire being Edgar's brother Alan]] - was considered a far more interesting prospect by fans than the [[spoiler:Edgar vs. Vampire!Sam]] stinger that was used in the film.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: "Cry Little Sister"
** The ENTIRE soundtrack.
** Echo & The Bunnymen's cover of "People Are Strange" certainly stands out.
* DracoInLeatherPants: The boys themselves, but espically David.
* HarsherInHindsight: Subverted. In ''The Thirst'', Sam is stated to [[spoiler:have died when he attacked Edgar at the end of ''The Tribe'', with the film's release several months after his death making it seem like a RealLifeWritesThePlot]], except shooting had finished prior to Haim's death.
* HilariousInHindsight: Take a look at the drying vampire gore on the heroes' clothes when they flee the hotel. It's strangely...[[Literature/{{Twilight}} sparkly]].
** [[TwentyFour Jack Bauer]] Playing a vampire was funny enough to think as it is, but then RobotChicken took it to the next level by having Dracula replace Jack Bauer as the lead.
* HoYay: David and Michael. Just...David and Michael. David pretty much seduces him in a strange blood drinking sequence, half hypnotises him with continuous usage of his name, ignores the pretty love interest in favor of Michael, and spends the whole movie trying desperately to get Michael to see things his way. Never mind David's insistence [[spoiler: leads to him dropping his guard, therefore leading to his death... he never makes a move to kill Michael, even when his victim blindly refuses to become a full vampire. David actually looks genuinely hurt by this rejection.]] The amount of eyesex and shimmering sexual tension in this film concerning these two is just amazing. This could translate to FoeYay as well.
* MemeticMutation: All the god damn vampires!
* RetroactiveRecognition[=/=]HeyItsThatGuy: David is [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]]... Which actually explains a lot about Jack.
** [[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Bill S. Preston Esq.]] is one of his {{mooks}}.
** [[TheOC Taylor Townsend]] is the female lead in ''The Tribe''.
** The [[LawAndOrder Manhattan District Attorney]] is dating one of the narrators for TheHistoryChannel.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Given that it set the tone for ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''TrueBlood'', viewers forget how different this was when it first came out.
* ShockingSwerve: In the original film, [[spoiler:the reveal that David's ''not'' the head vampire; it's really Max, the mild mannered local business owner & current boyfriend to Sam & Michael's mother. However, the groundwork is there, it's just done so subtly that you likely won't notice them on the first viewing.]]
** In ''The Thrist'', [[spoiler:DJ X is set-up as the [[BigBad Alpha Vampire]], it's revealed towards the end that it's really Peter Lieber, and most of the film was an EvilPlan so he could turn Edgar into his personal hitman]].
* Squick: The maggots and worms. Doubly so when WordOfGod instructs budding filmmakers that maggots tend to just lie there. How to get the to wriggle? Squeeze lemon juice on them.