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Jill Schoelen claimed she was so disturbed from filming the violent final act, she had recurring nightmares for a week about being chased by Terry O'Quinn. These nightmares occurred as a re-enactment of the scene she was filming at the time.
Loosely based on the story of John List, the New Jersey man who killed his family in 1971, and was on the run until 1989, when his profile on the television show "America's Most Wanted" resulted in his capture.
Stephanie's mother was played by Shelley Hack, who is only 16 years older than Jill Schoelen, who played Stephanie. Furthermore, Stephanie's stepfather was played by Terry O'Quinn, who is only 11 years senior to Schoelen.
The original first draft of the script featured flashbacks that explained how Jerry Blake became a killer by showing that he was abused as a kid.
Joseph Ruben was initially reluctant to direct the picture because he didn't want to make another run-of-the-mill slasher movie.
Screenwriter Donald E. Westlake based the character of Stephanie on his real-life teenage stepdaughter who he has having problems getting along with.
Jill Schoelen did almost all of her own stunts for the film's climax.
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Cinematographer John Lindley was hired as a last minute replacement for the original director of photography who was arrested in a domestic dispute right before shooting was to start.
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This film was shot in 40 days.
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Entertainment Weekly ranked this as the 22nd scariest movie of all time.
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Stephanie is 16 years old, but Jill Schoelen, the actress who plays her, was 23 years old at the time.
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Director Joseph Ruben originally wanted Jerry Blake to whistle the Barbra Streisand song "The Way We Were," but the rights to the song proved to be too expensive.
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When Jerry mixes up Stephanie's names to the little girl, he says his daughter's name is "Jill", which is the name of the actress who plays Stephanie.
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The death of Dr. Bondurant caused nightmares for many moviegoers due to the severe brutality of it.
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