The first thing to appear on screen is a little blurb about the Yugo car company using the town of Verplanck as a test area for their new model years ago. Every vehicle in town that is not a truck is a Yugo, except the police cruisers, which are Plymouth Horizons.
Every character’s automobile has personalized plates.
While shooting this film, Neve Campbell was also working on Party of Five (1994) and Scream 3 (2000) while shooting this film, so she had to wear a wig for her role of Sidney Prescott in the latter.
Rona Mace (Jamie Lee Curtis) is an anagram for “a romance”.
The “Fetzer valve”, when Lucinda the mechanic is giving the Sheriff her findings of Mona’s car, she says the “Fetzer valve” had been punctured. A “Fetzer valve” is a fictional part of an engine, introduced in the movie Fletch (1985).
Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) is an anagram for “only a dream”.
Danny DeVito (Chief Wyatt Rash) and Tracey Walter (Clarence) appeared in Matilda (1996).
Casey Affleck has gone on record saying that both this film and Soul Survivors (2001) were his two least favorite films that he has worked on.
Danny DeVito and Bette Midler appeared in Ruthless People (1986).
Kathleen Wilhoite (Lucinda) and Melissa McCarthy (Shirley) appeared on Gilmore Girls (2000).
The character name, Wyatt Rash, was intentionally chosen by writer, Peter Steinfeld, to reflect the underlying premise of the movie — said fast enough, it sounds like … yup, White Trash!
The little cars–all Yugos–are identical; they only differ in color.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Neve Campbell are both known as “Final Girls” or “Scream Queens”, playing recurring heroines in their respective horror franchise films: Curtis in the “Halloween” franchise and Campbell in the “Scream” franchise–which is loosely based on the “Halloween” mythos.