Many characters in the movie have names in homage to other horror movies. Not only Officers Krueger and Voorhies, but Courtney's last name is Bates. The neighbors from the original have been renamed the Cravens instead of the Deverauxs in homage to Wes Craven. One of the main characters is named Sally Burns because Marilyn Burns played Sally Hardesty in the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
The punk rock band The EverDead recorded an album entitled "Slumber Party Massacre II" which was inspired by this film. The cover art even portrays a drawing of the killer with a guitar drill as featured in the movie.
Director Deborah Brock had a confrontation with executive producer Roger Corman regarding the catering; Corman finally agreed (more or less) to see things her way when she made a wisecrack that caused him to laugh. Brock says that if a person can get Corman to laugh, then it makes things easier in these types of negotiations.
Atanas Ilitch was the first person to audition for the part of The Driller Killer; director Deborah Brock was still obliged to look at other actors for the role, but in the end came right back to Ilitch as the best choice.
Heidi Kozak noticed that the cutoff jean shorts she wears were getting shorter and shorter every day. She later found out that the costumer would pull threads out of them at the end of each filming day to make them shorter. After the discovery, she got herself a new pair of shorts.