!! The original:

* HilariousInHindsight: A fair haired, studious and all around good girl named [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} Laurie]] is the FinalGirl.
* JerkassWoobie: Vance.
* MoralEventHorizon: Kent killing Joey by setting him on fire, something he takes obvious sadistic pleasure in doing.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Laurie killing Kent with the scissors occurs completely offscreen.
* SignatureScene: The nail gun murder.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Seemingly promiscuous women are violently murdered with extremely phallic makeshift weaponry. In order, they're drilled, hammered, screwed and nailed.

!! The remake:

* HilariousInHindsight: The original was a cash-in on the original ''The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'', which Creator/TobeHooper, director of this film, also directed.
* ShockingSwerve: The killer turning out to be a somewhat poorly explained supernatural monstrosity.
* {{Squick}}: Nell finds a trinket in the wall filled with bloody teeth, which looked like they were wrenched out.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The film is very confused about what it wants to be.