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  • Debut theatrical feature film of Andrew "Dice" Clay, who was billed simply as just "Andrew Clay".
  • One of several slasher movie spoofs released during the early 1980s that parodied the current cycle of films in that genre. The others being Pandemonium (1982), Student Bodies (1981), Class Reunion (1982), and Saturday the 14th (1981).
  • As painted on a large banner, the game played at the Alfred Hitchcock High School was between Hitchcock's BIRDS and de Palma's KNIVES.
  • The name of the educational institution was the "Alfred Hitchcock High School".
  • The movie has been considered a precursor to "Scary Movie". One DVD release for this movie connects with this by having a blurb that reads, "This MOVIE is rated SCARY", with the two words "Scary" and "Movie" positioned underneath each other (in the reverse of a "Scary Movie") in a font type all evoking the type of title logos for of the "Scary Movie" films.
  • Co-Writer Dana Olsen described this movie as "a cult hit in Norfolk".
  • Spoofing Halloween (1978) and Prom Night (1980), this film's storyline puts the two events on the same night, with the name of the occasion in the movie being known as "The Halloween Pumpkin Prom".
  • The movie featured characters with the same names of various characters from other horror movies such as Damien (as in Damien Thorn from "The Omen" ), Dr. Moreau (as in "The Island of Dr. Moreau"), and Norman Bates (as in "Psycho" ).
  • Debut produced screenplay in a fictional feature film for three of the film's four writers, they being Dana Olsen, Michael Spound, and David Greenwalt.
  • The famous theme tune from Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) is frequently excerpted, either hummed or played, throughout the movie.
  • The movie was released in the same year as Young Doctors in Love (1982). Wacko (1982) had an alternate title of "Crazy Doctor in Love".
  • George Kennedy had a joke character name, Mr. Doctor Graves, where the "Doctor" was not a title, but a first name. In the film's story, Mrs. Graves discovers this, but only after thirty years of marriage.
  • Star Billing: Joe Don Baker (first), Stella Stevens (second), and George Kennedy (third).
  • The movie was notable for having a maniac murderer character who was pumpkin-headed by wearing a masked pumpkin, and was nicknamed "The Lawnmower Killer".
  • The amount of time since the Graves' daughter had been killed by the pumpkin-headed lawnmower killer was thirteen years.
  • The amount of time since the Graves' daughter had been killed by the pumpkin-headed lawnmower killer was thirteen years, a number associated with evil and bad luck.
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