!! 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.
* NightmareFuel:
** The murders, especially due to the basic, almost nonchalant way they're filmed.
** When Vance first dons his ski mask, it's slightly askew, giving this weird UncannyValley effect, plus there's Laurie's completely off the top of her head description of the afterlife, essentially an AndIMustScream scenario.
* 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.