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* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Lou not only manages to avoid jail time for withholding vital information from the police (and basically legally murdering a whole lot of people by deliberately setting them up to die, not to mention his outright murder of Joe Loder), but his Video Production News business seems to be in bloom, taking Loder's plan of using multiple vans to film different sections of LA at the same time.]]

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* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Lou not only manages to avoid jail time for withholding vital information from the police (and basically legally essentially murdering a whole lot of people by deliberately setting them up to die, not to mention his outright murder of Joe Loder), but his Video Production News business seems to be in bloom, taking Loder's plan of using multiple vans to film different sections of LA at the same time.]]

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* TrickedToDeath: [[spoiler:Lou tricks his underpaid (well, non-paid) employee Rick into getting himself killed after he starts asking too many questions about the company's profits for Lou's liking. While following a gangland car chase, he instructs Rick to film the wreckage up close, correctly guessing that Rick will be shot by one of the gangsters in the confusion.]]


* CompositeCharacter: Out-Of-Universe example; Lou takes inspiration from, among others, [[Film/AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]], [[TheKingOfComedy Rupert Pupkin]], and [[Film/TaxiDriver Travis Bickle]].

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* CompositeCharacter: Out-Of-Universe example; Lou takes inspiration from, among others, [[Film/AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]], [[TheKingOfComedy [[Film/TheKingOfComedy Rupert Pupkin]], and [[Film/TaxiDriver Travis Bickle]].


* CompositeCharacter: Out-Of-Universe example; Lou takes inspiration from, among others, [[Film/AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]], [[TheKingOfComedy Rupert Pupkin]], and [[TaxiDriver Travis Bickle]].

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* CompositeCharacter: Out-Of-Universe example; Lou takes inspiration from, among others, [[Film/AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]], [[TheKingOfComedy Rupert Pupkin]], and [[TaxiDriver [[Film/TaxiDriver Travis Bickle]].


* MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome: {{Discussed|Trope}} by Nina; she knows full well that these types of stories sell best, and Lou is happy to accommodate. In her words, what grabs the audience is "a woman running down the street, screaming, with her throat slit".

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* MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome: {{Discussed|Trope}} by Nina; she knows full well that these types of stories sell best, and Lou is happy to accommodate. In her words, what grabs the audience is "a woman running down the street, screaming, with her throat slit".cut".


''Nightcrawler'' is a 2014 thriller from writer/director Dan Gilroy. It stars Creator/JakeGyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Creator/RizAhmed, and Creator/BillPaxton.

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''Nightcrawler'' is a 2014 thriller from writer/director Dan Gilroy. It stars Creator/JakeGyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Creator/ReneRusso, Creator/RizAhmed, and Creator/BillPaxton.


* CompositeCharacter: Out-Of-Universe example; Lou takes inspiration from, among others, [[AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]], [[TheKingOfComedy Rupert Pupkin]], and [[TaxiDriver Travis Bickle]].

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* CompositeCharacter: Out-Of-Universe example; Lou takes inspiration from, among others, [[AmericanPsycho [[Film/AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]], [[TheKingOfComedy Rupert Pupkin]], and [[TaxiDriver Travis Bickle]].


* VictimFallsForRapist: [[spoiler:Despite being subjected to SexualExtortion by Lou, Nina is obviously developing genuine feelings for him at the end when she realizes the true extent of his plans.]]

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* CompositeCharacter: Out-Of-Universe example; Lou takes inspiration from, among others, [[AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]], [[TheKingOfComedy Rupert Pupkin]], and [[TaxiDriver Travis Bickle]].

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* {{Expy}}: Personality-wise, Lou resembles [[Film/TheKingOfComedy Rupert Pupkin]], being an [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitious]], [[FauxAffablyEvil insincerely polite]] loner who resorts to illegal and unethical methods to achieve his goals.


* UncannyValley: {{Invoked|Trope}}. Jake Gyllenhaal [[DyeingForYourArt lost 20 pounds]] in order to give Lou a creepy, off-putting vibe and with his already large eyes looking freakishly amphibious, and his face angular and jutting, the whole effect is [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant deeply disturbing]].

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* UncannyValley: {{Invoked|Trope}}. Jake Gyllenhaal [[DyeingForYourArt lost 20 pounds]] in order to give Lou a creepy, off-putting vibe and with his already large eyes looking freakishly amphibious, and his face angular and jutting, the whole effect is [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant deeply disturbing]]. According to Gyllenhaal's, his appearance was inspired by the director in conversation comparing Lou to a coyote.

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* ComicallySmallDemand: As Louis begins to close in on a guaranteed windfall, he congratulates Rick and asks him to name whatever kind of raise he wants. Rick, not knowing the scale of what they're headed in for, asks for a raise of "100... 75 dollars" up from his prior pay of 30 dollars per film. A little later he discovers Louis is hunting a 50K cash reward, and starts angrily demanding to given half.


* {{Homage}}:
** As Lou settles more and more into nightcrawling, his hair and mannerisms become just like [[Film/AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman's]], one of the inspirations for Lou.
** The poster acts as one for [[http://www.cineclubdioptria.org/application/uploads/dioptria/photos/p1amf0qrt1cu017gr1bi21e7a9201.jpg this poster]] of ''Film/TaxiDriver'', of which this film is a SpiritualSuccessor.



** During Lou's interview with Rick, Rick calls Lou "Lou" and gets corrected (though he introduces himself to Nina as 'Lou Bloom') and Lou calls Rick "Richard," but Rick only refers to himself as "Rick."

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** During Lou's interview Lou apparently wants to establish a formal relationship with Rick, Rick calls Lou "Lou" and gets corrected (though he introduces himself to Nina as 'Lou Bloom') and insists on being called "Louis" in spite of Rick repeatedly calling him "Lou." By the same token, Lou calls Rick "Richard," but Rick only refers to himself as "Rick."



* ShoutOut:
** As Lou settles more and more into nightcrawling, his hair and mannerisms become just like [[Film/AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman's]], one of the inspirations for Lou.
** The poster on the top of the page acts as one for [[http://www.cineclubdioptria.org/application/uploads/dioptria/photos/p1amf0qrt1cu017gr1bi21e7a9201.jpg this poster]] of ''Film/TaxiDriver'', of which this film is a SpiritualSuccessor.
** One of Lou's few (ostensibly) human moments is guffawing at a scene from ''Film/TheCourtJester''

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* ShoutOut:
** As Lou settles more and more into nightcrawling, his hair and mannerisms become just like [[Film/AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman's]], one of the inspirations for Lou.
** The poster on the top of the page acts as one for [[http://www.cineclubdioptria.org/application/uploads/dioptria/photos/p1amf0qrt1cu017gr1bi21e7a9201.jpg this poster]] of ''Film/TaxiDriver'', of which this film is a SpiritualSuccessor.
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ShoutOut: One of Lou's few (ostensibly) human moments is guffawing at a scene from ''Film/TheCourtJester''



* SoundtrackDissonance: Upstairs at the "Horror House", a music box is playing a cheerful lullaby while Lou explores the crime scene.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: SoundtrackDissonance:
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Upstairs at the "Horror House", a music box is playing a cheerful lullaby while Lou explores the crime scene.



* WeCanRuleTogether: Joe Loder offers to have Lou work with him in what really sounds like a tempting proposition, but it's really just his way of eliminating Lou as competition.

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* WeCanRuleTogether: Joe Loder offers to have Lou work with him in what really sounds like a tempting proposition, but it's really just his way of eliminating Lou as competition.

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** A couple of lingering shots of Lou's New Balance sneakers pressing into the gas pedal.


* MissingTrailerScene: A trailer for the film ends with us seeing Bloom utter the phrase "If you want to win the lottery, you need to make the money to buy a ticket" multiple times. Some of these are said directly into the camera, implying a case of NoFourthWall, while another is stated while Lou is in an agitated state. In the film itself, he says it ''once'' at the beginning in a relatively calm manner.

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