And You Thought It Would Fail: Development of this film was turned-down by other Hollywood movie studios due to its contentious, controversial and sensitive subject matter involving vigilantism, pack-rape, and crime.
Ass Pull: Ochoas decision to let Kersey go at the end of the first film really came out of nowhere. At no point does he sympathize with the vigilante killings, and was quite persistent in tracking Kersey down.
Awesome Music: The soundtracks for 2 and 3. It is to be expected when you have Jimmy Page being the composer.
Fanon Discontinuity: The Death of Carol, for some given how cruel and unfair it felt (even for this series) and wasn't necessary to set Paul off again.
First Installment Wins: From a critical and filmmaking point of view, the first Death Wish was the best received film of the series. The rest of the sequels fell under a bad case of Sequelitis; they still have their fans, but usually for their So Bad, It's Good nature.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The movies are very popular in Mexico, to the point that the Spanish title of the movie, El Vengador Anonimo (The Anonymous Avenger) is synonymous of a cop who fights crime outside the law.
About ten years after the movie came out, Bernie Goetz would gun down four muggers in the New York subway in a similar manner to what Paul Kersey does.
Iron Woobie: The only woman who survived being related to Paul Kersey is the one who abandoned him. Being a friend of Paul is no guarantee of survival, either. But Paul Kersey only grieves for a short while... and then gets even. With interests.
Sonia Manzano, just a couple years into her long tenure as Maria on Sesame Street, appears as a grocery store cashier.
Sequelitis: The film started as a grounded, down-to-earth crime drama where Paul Kersey brought about a cynical analysis of the attitudes of Americans regarding the crime waves of the 1970s, and stood out as unique in the action genre at the time. Its four sequels however became progressively less grounded in reality and increasingly over the top, with Kersey resorting to excessive means in dispatching one typical action movie villain after another and dropping the social commentary that magnified the first film's impact.
The Woobie: Kersey's poor daughter just could not catch a break, and it's painfully obvious how scarred she is by it....
Erica and Olivia as well, given that both also end up dead after a lot of trauma (losing a child, and being subjected to Facial Horror in an earlier attack respectively).