- Billing Displacement: Max von Sydow is billed fourth, even though he portrays the main character.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The most famous line of the film is "I am Death. I have come for you". Needless to say, it doesn't happen, or rather, it is an exchange between Block and Death.
Block: Are you Death?Death: I have come for you.
- Irony as She Is Cast: Max Von Sydow has admitted he's actually a terrible chess player.
- Retroactive Recognition: The girl who is burnt at the stake is Maud Hansson, later to be cast as Lina, the maid at the Katthult farm and main antagonist of Emil.
- Throw It In: The iconic The Dead Can Dance scene at the end. The actors had already gone home when Ingmar Bergman caught sight of the sun setting over the hill, quickly had a few crewmen and tourists dress up as the characters, and shot the scene.