The film is part of The Criterion Collection, as part of Eclipse Series 37.
This film contains examples of:
- Antagonist Title
- Asshole Victim: Among the Gokemidoro's victims is a terrorist, a manipulative psychologist, a Corrupt Corporate Executive who sold his wife off to be raped for political connections, and the Corrupt Politician who accepted the executive's deal.
- Big Bad: The Gokemidoro, a body-snatching alien out to exterminate the human race.
- Disc-One Final Boss: For the first twenty minutes, our heroes have to deal with a plane hijacking committed by terrorist Hirofumi Teranka. As soon as they land, body-jumping space vampire the Gokemidoro takes Teranka's body and Big Bad status.
- Disney Villain Death: Dr. Momotake, a psychologist who enjoys putting people in stressful situations, gets in an argument with another survivor, during which he slips and falls off a cliff to his seeming death. He actually survives, only for the Gokemidoro to kill him.
- Downer Ending: The last two survivors escape the alien, only to find the nearby city massacred. As they look up into the skies, the alien invasion force carries, and turns Earth into a blackened husk.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Birds instinctively flee from the Gokemidoro, even when doing so is certain death.
- Flying Saucer: The Gokemidoro flies around in a flying saucer that glows orange.
- Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death
- Greater-Scope Villain: There are more Gokemidoro, with the one we see only being one of a massive invasion force. They show up at the end to destroy the Earth.
- The Hero Dies: Sugisaka is blown up with the rest of humanity by the aliens.
- Kill All Humans: The Gokemidoro has decided to annihilate all of humanity.
- Long Title
- No Body Left Behind: The Gokemidoro's hosts crumble to dust when abandoned.
- Our Vampires Are Different: These are aliens that possess humans to drink blood. When they aren't in a host, they resemble blue, pulsating slime.
- Psycho Psychologist: One of the plane crash survivors is a psychologist who enjoys putting people in terrible situations to see how humans react to them.
- Puppeteer Parasite: The main antagonists are a bunch of alien invaders who possess bodies to drink blood.
- Troll: The film starts with the co-pilot and a flight attendant checking the plane's bags for a bomb, which is soon revealed to not exist. A passenger called it the threat to the police as a joke.