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  • Better Than Canon: The scenario set-up in the alternate stingers to "The Tribe" - featuring Sam arriving in Lunar Bay to warn Edgar that a head vampire was heading there to settle an old score with the two of them; said vampire being Edgar's brother Alan - was considered a far more interesting prospect by fans than the Edgar vs. Vampire!Sam stinger that was used in the film.
  • Complete Monster: Peter from The Thirst is known publicly as the brother of vampire novelist Gwen Lieber but is secretly is the Alpha Vampire and her alleged lover. He is seemingly held hostage by DJ X, who used Peter's blood to make a drug to create vampires. However, once DJ X was killed, Peter took control of the consumers, nearly sending them into a feeding frenzy. Upon being revealed as the Alpha Vampire, we are treated to a flashback of him leading a vampire attack of a village. He offered Gwen a chance to become a vampire if she brings him Edgar and Alan Frog, and once she does the task, he kills her. He reveals that his true intentions all along were to turn Edgar and Alan into vampires themselves, so they can be his personal hitmen and cull the expanding vampire race, so there can be more people to feed on. Since Alan was already transforming, Peter uses his partial control over Alan to force him to fight Edgar.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Cry Little Sister"
    • The ENTIRE soundtrack.
    • Echo & the Bunnymen's cover of "People Are Strange" certainly stands out.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: The boys themselves, but especially David.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Subverted. In The Thirst, Sam is stated to have died when he attacked Edgar at the end of The Tribe, with the film's release several months after his death making it seem like a Real Life Writes the Plot, except shooting had finished prior to Corey Haim's death.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Take a look at the drying vampire gore on the heroes' clothes when they flee the hotel. It's strangely...sparkly.
    • Jack Bauer Playing a vampire was funny enough to think as it is, but then Robot Chicken took it to the next level by having Dracula replace Jack Bauer as the lead.
    • Joel Schumacher directing a movie about creatures with a bat motif.
  • Ho Yay: David and Michael. Just...David and Michael. David pretty much seduces him in a strange blood drinking sequence, half hypnotises him with continuous usage of his name, ignores the pretty love interest in favor of Michael, and spends the whole movie trying desperately to get Michael to see things his way. Never mind David's insistence leads to him dropping his guard, therefore leading to his death... he never makes a move to kill Michael, even when his victim blindly refuses to become a full vampire. David actually looks genuinely hurt by this rejection. The amount of eyesex and shimmering sexual tension in this film concerning these two is just amazing. This could translate to Foe Yay as well.
  • Memetic Mutation: All the god damn vampires!
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Given that it set the tone for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and True Blood, viewers forget how different this was when it first came out.
  • Shocking Swerve: In the original film, the reveal that David's not the head vampire; it's really Max, the mild mannered local business owner and current boyfriend to Sam and Michael's mother. However, the groundwork is there, it's just done so subtly that you likely won't notice them on the first viewing.
    • In The Thrist, DJ X is set-up as the Alpha Vampire, it's revealed towards the end that it's really Peter Lieber, and most of the film was an Evil Plan so he could turn Edgar into his personal hitman.
  • Squick: The maggots and worms. Doubly so when Word of God instructs budding filmmakers that maggots tend to just lie there. How to get the to wriggle? Squeeze lemon juice on them.