PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.
J.J. Abrams named the film's fictional setting, Lillian, Ohio, after his grandmother. The map showing where runaway dogs were found shows it located on the north side of route 35 ten miles west of Dayton (twenty-two miles west of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base).
I'm so worried for that boy.
Mr. Kaznyk: Joe's gonna be okay.
Mrs. Kaznyk: She was everything to him.
Mr. Kaznyk: Jack's gonna step up. He's a good man.
Mrs. Kaznyk: But he's never had to be a father before. I don't think he understands Joe.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) figure seen being played with in the film (Benji Kaznyk's toy at 43:40) was not produced until the mid 1990s.
Charles's completed zombie movie is shown during the closing credits.
In the original theatrical version some shot of Jen Kaznyk walk to Donny in the evacuation center are cut from the DVD version
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