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Filming in Louisiana was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina.
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The film portrays the city of Concepción, Chile, as a warm, tropical, Third World small town. This caused a furor in Concepción, with people walking out of the theaters and others calling for authorities to ban the movies.
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Philip Glass was the film's original composer. His score had been written and recorded before he was replaced by John Frizzell.
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AnnaSophia Robb does not speak a single line of dialogue in the film until 1 hour and 25 minutes into the run-time.
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Initially Warner Bros. set the USA release date to August 11, 2006. It was then pushed back to November 8, 2006 and later March 30, 2007, and pushed back yet again just one more week to April 5, 2007.
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When Isabelle walks Katherine and Ben to the Haven Church, she calls the baby in the stroller "Pud", after sound mixer Pud Cusack.
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While Katherine and Ben are at Doug's house the first night for dinner, Katherine drinks "Purple Haze" beer.
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The video camera carried by Ben while boating on the bloody river is a JVC HD-GR1, one of the earliest "pro-sumer" grade Hi-Def video cameras.
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The first time they arrive at the Church of Haven, there is already a hint the whole village are cultists, on the sign for The Church of Haven, instead of using "o" alphabet, they use the "hook" symbol.
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The 10 plagues from the Bible are: river and water sources turn to blood (Exodus 7:14-25), amphibians (commonly believed to be frogs, Exodus 7:26-8:11), gnats (or lice, Exodus 8:12-15), wild beasts (Exodus 8:16-28), disease on livestock (Exodus 9:1-7), unhealable boils (Exodus 9:8-12), hail mixed with fire (Exodus 9:13-35), locusts (Exodus 10:1-20), darkness (Exodus 10:21-29), and death of the firstborn (Exodus 11:1-12:36). In the movie, it replaces the gnats with lice and puts it as the 6th plague, after boils. It also mixes hail, locusts, and darkness, putting locusts first, then darkness and hail of fire.
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