* EnsembleDarkhorse: Dean and Eric both tend to be fairly popular and well liked characters.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot / WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The beginning of the remake featured a traumatized girl who barely survived her implied but never actually shown encounter with Hewitts. Since this movie is a prequel to it, you'd think that it tells her story but she is absent entirely.