Originally intended as a low-budget horror movie about an evil alien. After the success of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), the producers made the alien into a lovable character, and added a kid who befriends it. Director Juan Piquer Simón was not satisfied with the final result.
Rick: It stinks!
As Bill and Brian are driving to find help, the amount of snow on the ground varies wildly between shots; notably, almost none is visible during the character closeups.
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