* AuthorExistenceFailure: Not Lynch, but original cinematographer Herb Cardwell died midway into the production under mysterious circumstances.
* DevelopmentHell: Due to troubles with funding and cast availability, this movie took five ''years'' to film. There's a scene where Henry walks through a door; his entering and exiting the door were shot a year apart.
* DyeingForYourArt: Jack Nance had to keep his famous haircut throughout production, essentially through the early half of the seventies.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Paul is [[Film/AssaultOnPrecinct131976 Napoleon Wilson]].
** Henry Spencer is [[Series/TwinPeaks Pete Martell]].
* NoBudget: The film was made on a budget of $20,000.
* ShrugOfGod: Lynch refuses to offer any clues for authorial intent, and pointedly refuses to discuss [[YouDoNOTWantToKnow how the baby was made]].
* TroubledProduction: No studio would fund this film due to its unusual plot and Lynch's lack of experience, so he had to rely on funds from the AFI, as well as friends and family. Because of these financial troubles, filming was intermittent -- it took five years, and sets had to be repeatedly assembled and disassembled. While its critical reception was initially mixed, the film was praised by several other filmmakers (including, but not limited to Creator/MelBrooks, Creator/StanleyKubrick and Creator/JohnWaters), which [[ColbertBump kickstarted Lynch's career]].