The Alan Wake series is know for its references to other media. Alan Wake's American Nightmare also takes references from much of the current media.
- 1 Television
- 2 Movies
- 3 Music
- 4 Video Games
- Mr. Scratch mentions Angus MacGyver as he picks up the duct tape while presenting an array of murder weapons.
- In the final season of LOST, John Locke is brought back to the island dead. By doing this, the smoke monster of the island becomes an exact double of him; it's not the actual Locke, but instead it is wearing his face. This is similar to how the Dark Presence is using the form of Alan Wake's double, Mr. Scratch.
Star Trek: The Original Series
- In the episode "The Enemy Within", a duplicate of Captain Kirk is created when a transporter pad malfunctions the duplicate is an evil and twisted version of him.
- The Motel featured in American Nightmare is an almost perfect replica of the set from the movie Identity.
- Apart from the bolo tie, Mr. Scratch wears the exact same clothes as John Travolta in the famous dance scene.
From Dusk till Dawn
- Near the end of the film, the sun rises and burns away all the vampires, with Seth and Kate, who are low on ammo. This is just like every time you play a Fight 'Till Dawn game.
- Seth sarcastically once said that psychopaths don't explode in sunlight. In the game, Mr. Scratch, who is also deemed a psychopath, actually exploded in the light of the film projector and not the sunlight at all.
Run Lola Run
- Alan goes through three time loops, the same amount as Lola, except Lola and the other characters remember nothing of their previous experiences.
- In each time loop in the film, Lola gets things right, fixing mistakes she'd made, just like Alan does in the game.
- Groundhog Day is about a man who relives the same day over and over.
- Emma is repairing a custom colored red 1958 Plymouth Fury with white stripes. An antagonist car used in the 1983 horror movie "Christine" inspired by Stephen King's book with the same title.
- The game features the Kasabian song "Club Foot" and their CD as a central point when rewriting time at The Rest Stop.
- Barry Wheeler makes a reference to Milli Vanilli when Eddie Rodman wonders why the Anderson Brothers sound different between their singing voices and speaking voices. Milli Vanilli were known to have performed with vocals that were not their own.
- You can find a Death Rally arcade machine in the projector room.