- Creator Backlash:
- The credited director, David Winters (whose other major contributions to the world of cinema include choreographing the dance routines in The Star Wars Holiday Special and executive producing Deadly Prey) actually only directed a small portion of it, after which he quit due to family troubles. He wanted his credit changed to Alan Smithee, but found out the hard way that the Director's Guild doesn't really care about the credits on low-budget exploitation films.
- For an encore, Neal Sundstrom, the director who was actually responsible for the bulk of the film, wasn't very happy with the finished product either, and elected to have a "co-director" title which was buried in the end credits.
- Dawson Casting: Lea (very obviously), Ryder (less obviously, making the former example all the more glaring). And yet he's older than her in real life, her makeup and hair make her look older.
- Deliberate Flaw Retcon: Cisse Cameron claimed after the fact that the film was intended as a work of intentional Stylistic Suck. Not many people bought it.
- Fan Nickname:
- "Lobster Boy" for Kalgan's bodyguard, who wears crinkly red armor plates that make him look like a lobster. And is played by a guy named Guy. Guy Pringle ("Wow, wouldn't wanna slam a stack of that guy.").
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 made a Running Gag out of making up nicknames for main character Dave Ryder, or rather Big McLargehuge!
- Lea is known as "Grandma-Daughter" & her dad is "Captain Santa".
- Lea is often also referred to "Dr. Lady" by Mystery Science Theater fans.
- Hey, It's That Sound!: Most of the sound effects in the film are from other sources, including Star Wars, the original Transformers, and the Cinesound library (primarily the explosion sounds commonly associated with James Bond and Gerry Anderson).
- Irony as She Is Cast: James Ryan, who portrays the Evil Cripple MacPherson, is an accomplished martial artist in real life.
- Retroactive Recognition: Film music fans may be surprised to see pre-Speed-Con Air-Twister-Moana Mark Mancina as one of three credited composers.
- Romance on the Set: The awkward romance between Dave and Lea is a major contrast to real life - Reb Brown (Dave) and Cisse Cameron (Lea) fell in love during The Ted Knight Show back in 1979, and are still married today.
- Urban Legend of Zelda: Contrary to what you may have heard, Cisse Cameron is not Cameron Mitchell's daughter, or otherwise related to him. This misconception likely stems from a combination of Crow jokingly speculating that Cisse is his daughter during the MST3K episode, and the fact that Mitchell's actual daughter, Camille, voices the lead Bellerian. His son, meanwhile, appears onscreen as the Enforcer "Blake".
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