The episode's murder scenes and unsub's M.O. are similar to such depicted in slasher movies. Also, in the opening scene, Reid, Seaver, Morgan, and Garcia exit a movie theater after having finished watching a slasher movie called Slice 6. The same week that the episode aired, real-life slasher movie Scream 4 premiered. The Scream franchise also features a fictional slasher movie series called Stab, which was vaguely referenced by the Slice film. Coincidentally, Nelson McCormick, the director of the episode, has also directed two prominent slasher movies, Prom Night and The Stepfather.
The exterior of the movie theater Morgan, Reid, Garcia, and Seaver exit in the beginning of the episode appears to be made of footage from the opening scene of House on Fire, the difference being that the colors have been darkened and the billboard text has been changed.