Trivia / Targets

  • Doing It for the Art: Boris Karloff was attached to the movie because he owed the ever-frugal producer Roger Corman two days' worth of filming. The actor, despite his age and frail health, was so impressed with the resulting script that he volunteered the extra few days of filming needed to complete his part of the project.
  • I Am Not Spock: Byron Orlok is Boris Karloff with the serial numbers lightly sanded off. Almost counts as an As Himself trope, although in Real Life Karloff wasn't about to retire, and seemed happy to make this film.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Mike Farrell, better known as B.J. Hunnicutt on M*A*S*H, can be glimpsed as one of Thompson's sniper victims. (He's the man who gets gunned down while inside a Phone Booth at the drive-in.)
    • More of an indirect example, but a young Jack Nicholson appears alongside Karloff in footage from Corman's 1963 film The Terror, seen during the opening credits.