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(1994)

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This was Matthew Lillard's first film. When he noticed that Kathleen Turner had memorized everyone's names from the call sheets, he asked her why she did it. Her reply was, "Oh, honey, that's the first thing you do!"
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The video store in the film is John Waters' actual local video store.
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The copyright holders of the song "Tomorrow," as heard when Mrs. Jenson watches Annie (1982) in her living room, charged $60,000 for the rights to use the song because of the explicit content of John Waters' past films.
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Kathleen Turner asked John Waters if she could bring her friend Sandra Day O'Connor to the set. Waters expressed amazement and agreed. O'Connor spent the entire day on the set, and was photographed with the whole group at the end of the day's shoot.
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Beverly Sutphin's friendly wave to her family while she is chasing Scotty was improvised by Kathleen Turner. John Waters didn't notice the bit until a screening where the audience laughed at it.
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Julie Andrews was considered for the role of Beverly Sutphin.
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The ASPCA refused to allow an actual fly to be killed in the opening kitchen scene, so the art director made a fake "dead" fly.
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The opening credits claim that the movie is based on a true story. This is not actually the case; the titles are just the first of the film's many satires of true crime.
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The movie Scotty is watching as he masturbates is Chesty Morgan's Deadly Weapons (1974).
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John Waters said on the DVD commentary that the hardest location to secure was the church.
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The original choice for the lead role was Susan Sarandon, but her asking price was too high for such a low budget film.
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According to Kathleen Turner, she remembers that Michael Douglas attempted to talk her out of taking the role
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A poster of the band L7 can be seen in Chip's room, briefly, on the back of his bedroom door. L7 plays as the band Camel Lips in the movie.
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An actual person named Dottie Hinkle worked as a clerk at the courthouse used in the movie. This was an oversight by production, since Mink Stole's character is also named Dottie Hinkle. The real Dottie Hinkle, however, did not sue but instead gladly signed a waiver allowing the use of her name.
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Mrs. Jenson's dog is actually licking butter off of Patsy Grady Abrams' feet.
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Wil Wheaton auditioned for the part of Chip, which ultimately went to Matthew Lillard.
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John Waters was interviewed about the movie and asked how he cast Kathleen Turner as Beverly. Waters said that other prominent actresses expressed interest in the part but angered him by either asking if he could rewrite the script to make Beverly less malevolent or saying they couldn't sign up for the role without doing a cast reading first. Turner made neither of these demands and said she'd love to play the role, and Waters immediately cast her.
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The film reunites many of the cast members from John Waters' Cry-Baby (1990): Ricki Lake, Traci Lords, Mink Stole, Patricia Hearst, John Calvin Doyle, and Susan Lowe.
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Opening credits say "This film is a true story. The screenplay is based on court testimony. Sworn Declarations. And hundreds of interviews conducted by the film-makers. / Some of the innocent characters' names have been changed in the interest of a larger truth. / No one involved in the crimes received any form of financial compensation."
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Kim McGuire who played Mona "Hatchet Face" Malnorowski was also in this film as a stage diver at the club.
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The movie being screened in the video store when Misty tries to convince Chip their mom is a serial killer is Strait-Jacket starring Joan Crawford
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The answer to the puzzle on the Wheel of Fortune show that is playing in the woman's room before she is murdered is "Opposites Attract".
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Within months of finishing shooting, and prior to the film's release, the O.J. Simpson murder scandal became headline news.
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Filmed in Baltimore, Maryland, and its immediate northern suburb, Towson.
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Columbia Pictures was originally going to make the film before it ended up at Savoy Pictures.
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The actor who portrays the juror in the trial scene who Beverly tricks into wiping his nose also appeared as a juror in the iconic finale of 'And Justice For All'. He is uncredited in both movies (made 15 years apart), but both films were based in Baltimore and involved Baltimore based filmmakers Barry Levinson and John Waters.
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The director and the second- and third-billed actors' names all relate to water: John Waters, Sam Waterston, and Ricki Lake.
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Due to it's over the top graphic violence, the film was given the 18 certificate in the United Kingdom, but was given the lower M rating in New Zealand.
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Director Cameo 

John Waters: As the voice of Ted Bundy on the tape found under Beverly's bed.
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Director Trademark 

John Waters: [Manson] A portrait of Charles Manson is among Beverly's secret stash of killer worship material.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Body Count: 7.
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"Howie Scream": When the male enters the toilets to find the dead body of Carl (Misty's love interest), the stock Howie Scream sound effect is used.
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Beverly bludgeons Mrs. Jensen to death with a leg of lamb. This is a reference to the short story 'Lamb to the Slaughter'.
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Mathew Lillard plays serial mom's son. Lillard would later play a serial killer himself in 'Scream'.
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