- The subway sequence echoes an early scene in the film Jacob's Ladder, right down to the name of the street that Jacob is trying to reach.
- The subway ghost who pushes Heather onto the tracks brings to mind the ghost haunting the subway in Ghost (1990) who uses also uses telekinesis against the ghostly protagonist. Said ghost also died from being hit by a train.
- The unlockable Beam Saber weapon is based on the Laser Blades used by the heroes of the Japanese Space Sheriff superhero shows, Gavan, Sharivan, and Shaider. In particular, the way Heather activates the Beam Saber by drawing her hand along the blade mimics the way the sheriffs would charge their weapons up for their Finishing Moves.
- There's a scene in the Dark Office Building where a lone wheelchair is visible from a great distance, illuminated by a single light. Word of God has confirmed this is a shout out to the memorably creepy "Hello...Gordon" scene from Session 9.
- Solid Snake appears as the corpse in the wall of the construction site where you get the silencer. This isn't clear in-game but was confirmed by Konami.
- The Borley Haunted Mansion at the amusement park is almost certainly named after, well, the Borley haunted mansion, better known as the Borley Rectory, reputedly the most haunted house in England. The announcer (in the original release) can also sound similar to the announcer at Disneyland's (Anaheim) The Haunted Mansion and has a similar sense of Black Humor. The character Danny is also from New Orleans to further solidify the similarities to the Disneyland ride.
- Heather's Princess Heart outfit is a pastiche of Magical Girls in general, and Sailor Moon specifically. That's one Sexy Beam!
- When Heather climbs the ladder to the Otherworld hospital, the words "IT'S A WONDERFULL [sic] LIFE" can be seen painted in blood. This is a direct reference to The Exorcist III.
Shout Out / Silent Hill 3