Mina Murry, Arthur Holmwood, and Abraham Van Helsing are all names of characters from novel Dracula.

The "Mother III" is actually a re-use of the slingship from the short lived 1993 TV series Space Rangers (1993).

The events laid out in the logs left by the Captain of The derelict mirror Dracula's sea voyage to England in the novel. Both ships are named Demeter and are of Russian origin that after departing from port in "Transylvania" had it's crew wiped out by what the captain assumes is a plague but is actually a vampire feeding on them.

The name Orlock, was the name of the vampire in Nosferatu.