Director William Malone said in an interview that actor/performer Rick Springfield was originally cast in the starring role of Ted Lonergan. He however called up Malone the night before filming began saying he couldn't be in his film because he was going to miss too many acting classes. Malone called up John Stinson whom he remembered from an improv class and begged him to be in the film.
Director William Malone decided to make a monster movie because it was the type of film that you could get a lot of production value for very little money. He had experience making monster masks as he previously worked as a designer at a Halloween mask factory.
Lone Star Pictures, a Texas based company, picked up distribution of the film and wanted the premier to be in Texas. Director William Malone agreed and flew to Texas only to be shocked that the premier was actually at a Drive-in theater.