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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: He Says She Says all over the damn place. Is he to blame for cheating... or her, for stalking? Which is worse? Does one merit the other as a punishment?
  • The Catch Phrase Catches On: After this movie, "bunny boiler" became a popular term for a crazy woman.
    • And the title of the film, "Fatal Attraction", has become a popular term for somebody who becomes obsessed with their love interest.
  • Designated Hero: Dan Gallagher.
  • Fridge Logic: The Mad parody points out that Alex, when she kidnaps Ellen, somehow manages to find an amusement park open during school days in the off-season.
    • The amusement park is Rye Playland. If the movie takes place in May, the amusement park would be open during the school days during the week.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Glenn Close played a pregnant woman on a murderous-rampage in the re-shot ending that we all know and love; she didn't find out she actually was pregnant with a little girl during the filming of said-murderous rampage until after she was rushed to the hospital with a concussion during a botched take. Needless to say, she does not like watching the finale to this day, having (unknowingly) risked her daughter's life filming it.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Glenn Close is quite popular in Japan. Also, the Japanese version keeps the original ending. See Focus Group Ending.
  • Memetic Mutation: These days, "bunny boiler" refers to deranged women.
    • As well as: "I'm not going to be ignored!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: The "bunny boiler" incident.
    • There's also when Alex kidnaps Dan's daughter several days later, terrifying her parents — and the viewer — with the very real possibility that she could have harmed her if she wanted to, and indirectly leading to Dan's wife being injured in a car accident. It's not hard to see why this is the last straw for Dan.
  • Retroactive Recognition: A 16-year-old Jane Krakowski is babysitting for the Gallaghers in the beginning of the film.
  • Special Effects Failure: Douglas' stunt double is clearly visible throughout the fight scene in Alex's apartment.
  • Strawman Has a Point: For all of Alex's crazed behavior, she's absolutely right that Dan has a moral and legal obligation to the child she's carrying.
    • If it exists.
    • And when Dan rebuffs her advances, saying "I have a whole relationship with someone else", she asks "Then what were you doing with me", pointing out his hypocrisy.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: A lot of viewers think that Ellen is a boy.

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