According to director Penelope Spheeris DVD commentary, movie had to be cut and submitted to the MPAA 10 times to get R rating. Scenes that were cut or changed include; Scene where gas attendant is beat up was shortened to lessen the intensity and sound effects were toned down. Murder of gay man in his apartment was cut down (mostly sound effects were heavily toned down). Scene where Roy violently shakes the lady and kills her was heavily cut down, various shots were removed to lessen the intensity.
Maxwell Caulfield and Christopher McDonald previously both worked together in a rock musical "Grease 2"(1982),a sequel,starring Michelle Pfeiffer.Back then Maxwell Caulfield played a good guy,unlike in this film.
Martin Sheen attended the premiere and walked out several murders in. This struck many as odd seeing as Sheen had made his name on the similarly themed Badlands (1973). Sheen Senior had previously tried to talk Charlie out of making the film.