When Leslie (Nathan Baesel) first takes Taylor (Angela Goethals) and her crew to meet Eugene (Scott Wilson) and his wife, the car parked in Eugene's driveway is the same color, make, and model as the car seen in Director Sam Raimi's movies.
When Leslie and the graduate students are scoping out potential victims at the school, he makes eye contact with a young woman. As this happens, three girls can be spotted playing jump rope in the background. This is a reference to the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" film franchise.
When Leslie is applying his make-up while being interviewed about his target, the song playing in the background is the same as that heard at the end of The Shining (1980), where Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson) appears in the photo: ''Midnight, The Stars and You",' sung by Al Bowlly with the Ray Noble Orchestra, 1934.
The town, in which the movie is set, Glen Echo, is based on a real neighborhood in Montgomery County, Maryland, near where Writer and Director Scott Glosserman grew up. A notable feature of the area, being a turn-of-the-century amusement park, that stood mostly abandoned for several decades, as it deteriorated, and earned a fitting "haunted" reputation among locals. The carousel, for which the park is known, is referenced in the Glen Echo Entertainment's (Glosserman's production company) logo.
Several character names are references to classic horror films. For instance, Doc Halloran is a mash-up of Danny Torrence's nickname, "Doc", in The Shining (1980) and Dick Halloran from the same movie, and Jamie, being a reference to Jamie Lee Curtis, who was the final girl in several slasher movies such as Halloween (1978) and Prom Night (1980).
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Kane Hodder, who played Jason Voorhees in four of the "Friday the 13th/Jason" movies, is seen walking into 1428 Elm Street. This was the address, in which Nancy lived, in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).