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Archer Archetype: Hawkes, who picked up a crossbow during the looting. The siege sees him fire several arrow at out cast.
An Axe to Grind: Byron pick up a hatchet during the blacout looting, and uses it to kill Dr. Bain when he comes to see Dr. Potter during the siege.
Batter Up: Ronald picks up a baseball bat in the blackout looting. It is later used against him to drive the meatcleaver stuck on his back further in.
Big Bad Duumvirate: Frank Hawker, Ronald Elster and Byron the Preacher, the Terrible Trio with the same goal: Kill Dr. Potter. They are initially a foursome with Skagg the Bleeder, but he leaves them during the blackout looting to pursue his own goals.
Car Fu: Because Byron wants the guy's hat, our antagonists run over a telegram messenger with their van. Byron then puts on the headwear in an attempt to get inside Dr. Potter's home.
Catapult Nightmare: Just as he is struck by a meatcleaver in the opening nightmare, Preacher wakes by springing up and screaming.
Coincidental Broadcast: As Hawkes has the cast on arrowpoint, electricity comes back. And just in time to put the television back on to show the news, which features an interview with Dr. Merton, the guy whose "death" Hawkes and others were trying to avenge. Upset about learning that he has been fighting the wrong fight, Hawkes leaves.
Covers Always Lie: The covers of VHS and DVD releases place Donald Pleasence's character among the lunatics. While being a bit of a nut himself, his character Dr. Bain is actually a good guy.
Death by Sex: Bunky and her boyfriend are killed when they are about to have sex.
Don't Look at Me!: John Skagg, alias The Bleeder, is introduced with him facing a wall, and Dr. Bain tells Dr. Potter that he doesn't like having his face seen by strangers. He keeps this up to the point of putting on a hockey mask during the blackout looting. It also sets up the reveal of him being Tom during the siege.
Evil Chef: Dr. Bain appears as one in Byron's nightmare, and tries to slice him up.
Evil Laugh: Byron laughs evilly as Hawker tailgates the telegram messenger. He does it again before killing Dr. Bain.
Fearless Fool: Lyla doesn't think twice when she meets a complete stranger (who is in fact Ronald Elster, a child molester) claiming to be her new babysitter in her home. Good thing that nothing bad happens to her, and they just arrange some origamis.
Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: After introducing himself to the third floor patients, Dr. Potter turns to leave but Hawker stops him by pointing at him and yelling his name.
Hallucinations: The stress from the siege causes Toni to hallucinate a monster attacking her.
Lock Down: Third floor of the asylum will lock itself completely if anyone approaches its windows from the inside by night.
Knife Nut: Byron uses a hunting knife much of the film.
Pyro Maniac: Byron, alias Preacher, whose "trip" is to set churches on fire. With people in them.
The Reveal: Tom, the guy that Toni met during the nuclear power protest, is actually The Bleeder.
Title Drop: When the subject of being afraid of the dark comes up, Toni tells Lyla that as a kid, she "was scared to death to be alone in the dark".
Unwilling Suspension: Preacher's nightmare in the opening ends with him dragged up by chains, and getting hit by a shiny meatcleaver held by Dr. Bain.
We Need a Distraction: The patients arrange a commotion with the pyromaniac Byron so that Elster can sneak into Dr. Potter's office and find out his address in Joisey.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Toni is afraid of the dark, which makes things worse for her when the lunatics start besieging her brother's house in the ongoing blackout.
Wrestler in All of Us: When the lunatics start their escape from the asylum, Preacher and Ronald go look for Curtis. When they find him, Ronald hoists the orderly over his head and does a backbreaker to him, snapping his spine.