* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Obviously with Trent like [[spoiler: if he's a fictional character within another fictional story or just a guy who's mentally insane and little to none of the movie actually happens.]]
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--wAw7gBQxU main theme]].
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* CriticalDissonance: Critics gave this film an average reception, receiving only 51% on Website/RottenTomatoes. Fans and viewers called it Carpenter's best film of TheNineties, receiving 73% on the website.
* HilariousInHindsight: In this movie, a Stephen King {{expy}} reveals that his novels are just him channeling the wishes of an eldritch being. A decade later, the ''real'' King wrote himself into his Dark Tower series, claiming that his novels are just him channeling the wishes of an eldritch being.
** In this case, it's less than Hilarious In Hindsight and more an {{Homage}} to this film, since Carpenter and King tend to feed off each other's work.
** David Warner plays a shrink who evaluates Sam Neill's character, which is interesting considering both actors were part of ''Film/TheOmen'' trilogy (which like this film also had an apocalypse theme). Ironically, Warner had played the ill-fated photographer and TheLancer Keith Jennings in ''Film/TheOmen1976'', while Neill had played the adult Damien Thorn in ''Film/TheFinalConflict''.
* MemeticMutation: The "Did I ever tell you my favorite color is blue" scene is a minor meme on the net.
* OneSceneWonder: Jürgen Prochnow and Charlton Heston, both of whom have only a few minutes of screen time. David Warner and John Glover may also qualify.
* ParanoiaFuel:
** Your life could be [[spoiler: a product of an insane author. The color of your eyes are just his favorite color.]]
** The movie adaptation of the Sutter Cane's book that slowly makes you insane and turns you into a monster? [[spoiler:You just watched it.]]
* RetroactiveRecognition: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyRvL-oVR0g paper boy who Trent meets]] [[spoiler:after he leaves Hobb's End]]? Yep, that's [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Hayden]] [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Christensen]].
* SpecialEffectFailure: [[spoiler:Linda]]'s bloody tears.
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