- There is a ripped poster of Jaws (1975) visible. See also: _Evil Dead, The (1982)_ , _Nightmare on Elm Street, A (1984)_ .
- Producer Peter Locke has a memorable cameo as Mercury, the imbecile-sounding gang member with the feathered head-dress who is only spotted twice throughout the film, firstly at Fred's garage and secondly communicating with Mars and Pluto using a USAF radio.
- The dead dog used as a stand-in for the family's slaughtered Alsatian 'Beauty', widely believed to be a dummy dog, was in fact a real (already dead) dog that director Craven and producer Locke had bought from the county sheriff's department.
- When originally submitted to the MPAA, the film was given an X-rating which would have relegated it to the porno circuit and severely hurt the box-office returns. Craven cut the film enough to secure an R rating, and the original director's cut is thought to be no longer in existence.
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