Homages to various Stephen King stories abound. The idea of a house that comes alive and eats people can be found in the third installment of King's "Dark Tower" series, "The Wastelands." And while in the house's basement, Chowder shines his flashlight on a mechanical monkey much like the one found in King's short story "The Monkey," collected in "Skeleton Crew."
The actors had to go through motion capture acting in order to animate the characters. The actors had to wear motion capture suits with little dots glued on their faces and a headpiece glued to their head with motion capture dots. After they took off their suits, the glue would cause irritation to their hair and scalp, but luckily they'd get a head massage with shampoo.
The tape Elizabeth plays upon entering DJ's house is marked "Skull n Bones Live". She is also wearing a Skull n Bones band tee. Her boyfriend's name is "Bones". She also mentions that he is in a band. Jon Heder's character is "Skull", suggesting that he and Bones may be the members of the band that she is listening to.