Max isn't said to be a teen, but some dialogue implies he's the same age as the friends. Johnny Galecki was twenty-one.
Disowned Adaptation: Lois Duncan has openly stated she detests the movie, as she was appalled that they turned her suspense novel in which the only death is the hit-and-run that sets off the plot into a Slasher Movie (see In Name Only on the main page), especially in light of her own daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, being murdered in 1989. The only silver lining she was able to find in it was that it made people seek out the book and her other writing, giving her career a second wind. Even so, it's telling that the sequel didn't credit her for the use of her (remaining) characters.
Follow the Leader: Kevin Williamson actually wrote this script before Scream (1996) but had trouble selling it. After the success of Scream it was immediately bought. It's assumed that Urban Legend was inspired by this one.
Life Imitates Art: Lois Duncan's own daughter was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1989.
Unintentional Period Piece: The book dates itself to the 70s with a lot of the dialogue - a lot of "golly" in there for instance. Helen's apartment block is supposed to be the posh place in town because it has a TV in its rec room, this being before apartments would be expected to have their own individual televisions. And of course one major character is a returning veteran from Vietnam. The original cover even has a girl with obvious '70s Hair. But in the 2000s, Lois Duncan had her work undergo a Setting Update - updating the slang and clothing descriptions, having the above-mentioned veteran be returning from Iraq, and inserting mentions of the characters having computers and cell phones. She commented that very little overall plot points had to be changed, and she merely found ways for the characters to not have their cell phones when they would have broken the plot.