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  • The film is one to bad '70s B-Grade horror flicks in general... The type Norman likes to watch on TV.
  • The concept of the film is remarkably similar to Return of the Living Dead Part II. To recap, the film is (mostly) a Black Comedy centered on a group of people lead by a kid, his older sister, and a guy she's into trying to survive a Zombie Apocalypse that was caused by the kid's bullies.
  • The open credits are introduced by the camera doing a high-speed zoom through some eerie woods.
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  • The Halloween Theme Tune is Norman's ringtone.
  • Neil stands outside in a Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees type hockey mask — but he really does intend to play hockey.
    • Which at the same time mirrors a shot from the original Halloween (1978) in which Laurie/the camera looks down from a second storey window to catch a glimpse of Michael Myers, in his white mask, next to washing hanging on a clothesline.
  • The name of the town (Blithe Hollow) is a mash-up of the titles of two ghost stories - Blithe Spirit and Sleepy Hollow.
  • It's probably unintentional, but Salma looks like she could be a twelve-year-old Amy Farrah Fowler.
  • One of the board games under Norman's bed is titled "The Hand of Fate."
  • There's a bar called Bar Argento and a vending machine with a Suspiria (1977) logo on the side.
  • There's a candy bar called Cuj-Oh's in the vending machine.
  • Norman trying to yank the book away from the hands of his dead uncle reminds of Frederick Frankenstein's similar predicaments with his grandpa's book.
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  • Norman's friend being called Neil may be a shout out to Neil Gaiman, given that he wrote the source material for Laika's previous success Coraline (as well as The Graveyard Book, which shares some similarities with ParaNorman.)
  • Judge Hopkins is named for the title character of the Tigon horror film Witchfinder General.
  • Niel's dog is named Bub.
  • When we physically first see Agatha, she's wearing ruby slippers.
  • Also, her name itself may be a reference to a certain Pokémon Trainer whose specialty was the Ghost type.
  • There are several shout-outs to Scooby-Doo, although, of course, they don't have a live dog:
    • The police officer uses the phrase; "Those meddling kids."
      • She even says "Jinkies" when they come across the mob.
    • For part of the movie they're driving around in a van like the Mystery Machine.
    • Salma, the smart one, could be a shout out to Velma, the smart one.
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    • Does this remind you of the title card for The New Scooby-Doo Movies?
  • Alvin wonders why when faced with a zombie apocalypse they should have to go someplace as lame as the library.
  • The refrigerator magnets spell Redrum.
  • Norman tells Courtney not to use "the z word."
  • One of the ghosts Norman greets on the way to school is named Bruce.
  • The confrontation between Norman and Aggie during the film's climax is eerily similar to that of the ending of The Fountain, right down to the color palette and music.
  • It's a Whole Plot Reference to Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett.

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