As the two city councilmen are trying to hold back the zombie knocking against their door, the one says, "You can't come in, we're doing the dishes," in reference to Animal House (1978), where the same thing happens.
When Detective Mandy refuses to buy a monkey from the Monkey Salesman, the driver does the laugh of Nelson, from The Simpsons, and drives off, stranding Mandy.
Detective Mandy assures Kato of his commitment to destroying the zombies by explaining how much the zombies have taken from him and says, "I need their blood on my knife," all of which is from the scene where Magua explains his hatred for Colonel Munro in The Last of the Mohicans (1992). The cemetery battle is scored with the Fort Battle music from The Last of the Mohicans (1992) as well.
In his plea for the mayor to believe the zombies have returned, Detective Mandy lists among the threats, "handicapped people making handicapped faces..." quoting lyrics from Denis Leary's "Asshole" song played live at the end of the No Cure for Cancer (1992) special.
The Mayor's Assistant is named Beavis, after the character in "Beavis and Butt-Head" (1993) and refers to people as Butt-Heads.
When the car pulls up next to Detective Mandy to offer him a ride out of the jungle, the driver asks, "Do you wanna buy a monkey?" in a reference to David Letterman's cameo as the Monkey Salesman in Cabin Boy (1994).
Detective Mandy and Detective Dave's charge up the cemetery hill to confront the Mad Scientist is taken from the final shot of Batman and Robin running together in Batman Forever (1995).
After Detective Dave brutally slays another zombie in the cemetery battle, he raises his arms in the air above the corpse and yells, "Ultimate combo!!!" in the same way as the famous, "Mortal Kombat!!!" cry.
When Kato is asking appealing to the town council to hire him to kill the zombies, he asks, "What's it going to take, the killing of a wife and a waiter..." referencing the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman by O.J. Simpson.
As the Singing Dancing Zombie is killing the last city councilman, he waves a cigar like Frank Sinatra and sings, "Luck be a zombie tonight!", in a parody of Sinatra's performance in Guys and Dolls (1955).
Detective Mandy wanders through the jungle in the heat, finally collapsing, in a parody of Peter O'Toole wandering the desert on foot before collapsing.
When the Singing Dancing Zombie stands on top of the pool table during the city council attack, gestures like Julie Andrews atop the mountain and sings, "The hills are alive, with the sound of zombies!!!" in a parody of The Sound of Music (1965)
The shot of Mandy's Wife throwing the spaghetti strainer at Mandy, where the camera follows the strainer through the air until it hits Mandy, is a parody of shots of the Killer Rabbit attack in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
When the widowed Mayor's Assistant's Wife comes to see the Mayor, she slaps him and says she heard Detective Mandy had warned about the zombies, but the Mayor chose to ignore him, in a parody of the Jaws scene where Mrs. Kitner confronts Chief Brody. The character of Kato the Great Zombie Hunter is a parody of Quint, from Jaws (1975), including a nearly identical introduction in the town hall meeting.
The opening scene, where Detective Mandy goes to Mayor Heine to report the zombies have returned, but the mayor doesn't believe him, is a spoof of the beginning of Jaws 2 (1978).
The film uses the Cape Fear (1991) score music throughout and the scene where Detective Mandy and Mandy's Wife argue is a parody of the argument between Nick Nolte and Jessica Lange in Cape Fear, and is shot the same way,
Several references to Jurassic Park (1993), including the scene where the Mayor's Assistant gets into the safety of his jeep, only to find a killer ghost waiting in the passenger seat, like the scene in Jurassic Park where Dennis Nedry finds the dinosaur in his car; and the dinosaur attack in the cemetery is a parody of the T-Rex attack sequence in Jurassic Park (1993).