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American Nightmare's Cultural References


  • MacGyver
    "I can't tell you how many things I've MacGyvered with this stuff"
    In one of Mr Scratch's videos, he shows Alan his desk with several tools he uses for torturing. Among them is a roll of grey tape which Scratch points out. 
             MacGyver was the name of a TV show which began in the mid 1980s starring an eponymous protagonist who could solve issues and save the day with a few basic tools he found lying around. For instance in the pilot episode he defused a bomb with a just paperclip.  
  • Back to the Future
    "Yeah, well, feel free to climb back into your DeLorean or whatever it is you do. "
    After meeting Emma for the second time after the first relapse. She and Alan talks about time repeating, before resuming her work on the car she references the DeLorean from Back to the Future.
            In the Back to the Future films, Doc builds a time machine from a DeLorean DMC-12. 

  • Christine (By Stephen King)
    When Alan visits Emma, she is working on a red 1958 Plymouth Fury which is also the same model car from Stephen King's Christine

  • Death Rally
    In the final section of the levels, in the projector room, on the opposite wall as you enter, there is an arcade machine with Death Rally loaded up.
                 Death Rally was Remedy's first game in 1996. This is not the first time that the game has been referred in an Alan Wake title. A poster for the game can also been seen at Cauldron Lake Lodge in the room opposite Wake's. 

  • Kasabian
    Club Foot by Kasabian is one of the vital pieces used to rewrite reality. It is involved with closing the portal at the oil derrick in the first section of each level.
  • Poets of the Fall
    The band has been working with Remedy since Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, where they created Late Goodbye. Their song War from their album Twilight Theatre can be heard in Alan Wake as well as two commissioned songs entitled Children of the Elder God and The Poet and the Muse. Their single, Can You Here Me, plays over the credits in 2010's Death Rally. In Alan Wake's American Nightmare, they created a custom song called Balance Slays the Demon based from a poem by Sam Lake (the same with Late Goodbye, and Alan Wake's songs). The arcade game also featured The Happy Song from their album Temple of Thought.


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