- Complete Monster: Griffin, the protagonist of the film as played by Coleman Francis, is an escaped convict who only shows himself to be a sociopathic Jerkass and hypocrite throughout the movie. A greedy Fat Bastard whose only stated desire is to become rich, he casually abuses everyone around him, never passing up an opportunity to do bad. He claims that he wants to go legit, then five seconds later he whips his friend with a belt and steals said friend's most valued possession. He regularly beats up (and occasionally strangles) his friends, murders strangers, and rapes a blind woman after throwing her father down a well.
- Designated Hero: Griffin was probably supposed to be an Unscrupulous Hero but, possibly due to bad writing, he comes off as just a straight up villain.
- Ear Worm: As cheesy and terrible as it is, "Night train to Mundo Fiiiine..." The fact that it's sung by John Carradine probably does nothing to hurt its catchiness.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: "He's Cherokee Jack!"
- Fan Nickname: Justine
- Moral Event Horizon: Griffin crosses this when he rapes a blind girl and murders her father.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: As has been mentioned, Griffin was supposedly meant to be seen as a mostly decent person who was down on his luck and held back by a Hair-Trigger Temper, and what happens to him at the end of the movie was supposed to be tragic and thought-provoking. Unfortunately, all sympathy for him is lost by the time he rapes a blind girl and murders her father, making the ending seem more like justice being done than anything else.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: At one point, the camera zooms in on a Burma Shave -esque sign that asks "How will you spend eternity?". Judging by the pacing of the movie, probably watching this scene.