-There's the pact with the devil aspect of course carried over.
-Then some further detail about what type of "demon" is bonded to Blaze as the Rider.
-The aspect of the Rider having an aversion to daylight is a carry over, then remedied.
-The fact he mentions he's been on the run, which is ambigous I suppose but it sounds like a line to let the viewer know "since you last saw me in the US, this is why I'm in Europe now"
Yeah, the twinkie scene got a few laughs on Friday night when I saw it, the Sunday matinee however didn't seem to get it. I love the entire chase scene at dawn, that alone saves the film from utter disaster. I admit Oscar won't be calling though.