Edit
Running Scared (2006) Poster

Trivia

Jump to: Spoilers (3)
Wayne Kramer was shocked to find out that the movie got the R rating on the first submission. He states in the DVD commentary that he thought that he would get NC-17, but he luckily didn't.
Thomas Jane declined the role of Joey Gazelle due to scheduling conflicts. Paul Walker was a second choice.
When Adele enters the security code at the front door of the apartment, the sound of the numbers pressed results in the first few bars of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".
Most of the bloody gunshot wounds were done with squibs, with a handful of CGI one also added. In the commentary, Wayne Kramer mentions that Bruce Altman was terrified of the squibs because he's never been strapped to them before.
8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In the script, Joe (Paul Walker) plays Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" on the car radio for Oleg, but the filmmakers were unable to secure the rights.
7 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The medicine bottle that Oleg uses to find the address of Dez and Adele's apartment is a prescription for Zovirax, a medication used to treat Cold Sores.
5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Oleg says he listens to "Kvasha", this is a direct reference to not only the music type, but also Oleg Kvasha who first played for the NHL team Florida Panthers back in 1996. The first name "Oleg" also happens to be Cameron Bright's character's first-name: Oleg Yugorsky.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Mads Mikkelsen was originally cast as Anzor 'The Duke' Yugorsky.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This is the second film starring Cameron Bright to feature a clip of John Wayne getting shot. In Running Scared, the clip is from The Cowboys (1972). In Thank You For Smoking (2005), the clip is from Sands of Iwo Jima (1949).
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The character of Detective Rydell (played by Chazz Palminteri) is an inside joke by writer/director Wayne Kramer as a tip of the hat to the film THE COWBOYS. The character of Anzor in the film is obsessed with the John Wayne film THE COWBOYS, specifically the part where John Wayne is shot in the back by Bruce Dern, which later becomes Anzor's own fate. The director of THE COWBOYS was Mark Rydell - therefore, Detective RYDELL.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
One of the main characters' name (Joey Gazelle) played by actor Paul Walker could be deprived of a character in the graphic novel 'stray bullets' where Joey (Gazelle) is a little kid in a criminal domestic environment.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Tom Sizemore was originally cast in the role of Pimp Lester.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Edele's last name is "Hansel" (as shown on the prescription bottle that Oleg finds). This is likely a reference to the Germanic tale of Hansel and Gretel who are ensnared by a witch who lures children with candy into her house in order to eat them. When Teresa Gazelle enters the play room for the second time (after she almost leaves), she makes a cryptic comment "It's like some kind of a lore", which edifies the Hansel and Gretel idea. Lastly, Teresa makes a point of looking at the door mat. The scattered letters appear to spell "Willkommen", which is German for "Welcome".
Tommy's death scene was supposed to be a little more gory. Wayne Kramer wanted Tommy's guts to fall out of his stomach but he feared that he would have gotten the NC-17 rating.
8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Joey (Paul Walker) doesn't die in the film, he fakes his own death.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page