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  • Steve Buscemi, Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny, Rosie Perez, RZA, and Tilda Swinton have all worked with Jarmusch previously.
  • The cast includes one Oscar winner (Tilda Swinton) and six Oscar nominees (Adam Driver, Carol Kane, Bill Murray, Rosie Perez, Tom Waits, and Chloë Sevigny).
  • Adam Driver and Daniel Craig previously starred in Logan Lucky(2017).
  • Selena Gomez and Austin Butler worked together on Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • Selena Gomez second horror film.
  • Has been reported as a zombie movie.
  • "Centerville" is a reference to the fictional town in 200 Motels (1971) by Frank Zappa. However, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin all have a town named Centerville. Although, the cars have PA license plates and Pittsburgh is mentioned as a close city
  • The vintage Pontiac Tempest is a reference to the car driven by Barbara and her brother to the cemetery at the beginning of George A. Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead' (1968)
  • Bill Murray and Carol Kane worked together in the 1988 cult classic "Scrooged".
  • Opening film at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
  • This marks the second zombie related movie that Bill Murray stars in. Previously he had a memorable cameo in "Zombieland" with Woody Harrelson who also, irrelevantly, starred with one of this movie's stars Rosie Perez in "White Men Can't Jump".
  • According to Jim Jarmusch, Iggy Pop asked him prior to shooting what the backstory for his zombie character was and Jarmusch explained he and his girlfriend were killed on his motorcycle in 1973 after leaving a Blue Öyster Cult concert. Iggy Pop actually performed with Blue Öyster Cult and Kiss in 1973.
  • Steve Buscemi and Selena Gomez previously worked together in the hotel Transylvania series.
  • Tilda Swinton gave Jim Jarmusch the idea of doing a zombie movie while working on Only Lovers Left Alive.
  • Daniel Craig was originally supposed to have a part in the film, but because his shooting schedule would have overlapped with Adam Driver's, Jim Jarmusch was forced to cut his part prior to the shoot.
  • The first film of Jim Jarmusch's 35-year career to receive a wide release (600+ theaters) in the US.
  • Originally, Jim Jarmusch envisioned Bruce Campbell in the role of Mallory O'Brien, who declined the role after almost forty years of being involved in makeup-heavy scary movies. It was then decided the character could be rewritten as a woman and Jarmusch reached out to Carol Kane, who he'd worked with on In the Soup (1992) along with Steve Buscemi, who accepted the part.
  • Adam Driver's character hands his car keys to Tilda Swinton's character and it has a Star Wars key chain on it; Adam Driver was in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
  • One of the headstones in the cemetery (shown twice) is for a "Samuel Fuller." That is a reference to legendary director Sam Fuller...whom director Jim Jarmusch admired, worked for, and collaborated with in the 1994 documentary "Tigrero: A Film that was Never Made."
  • Zoe, Zack and Jack drive a Pontiac LeMans. This is the exact same make and model driven by Barbara (Judith O'Dea) and Johnny (Russell Streiner) in the prologue of the original Night of the Living Dead (1968).
  • RZA is the driver of a WU-PS delivery truck, a play on UPS with the Wu-Tang logo, RZA is the founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
  • RZA and Bill Murray appeared together in another Jim Jarmusch film; Coffee and Cigarettes.
  • When the three cops are driving down the road toward the cemetery, Adam Driver's character leans out the window with a machete to cut off the head of one particular zombie. This zombie is dressed in the same clothes and with the same hair as Bill Murray's character in the 2009 zom-com Zombieland.
  • The movie is filled with references to George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), including an appearance of the infamous naked zombie played by the original actress. Also, the three hipster teens are mistakenly believed to come from Pittsburgh, the city Romero studied and started his director career in.
  • This movie contains a few references to Ernie "Ghoulardi" Anderson, the host of "Shock Theatre", a popular late-night horror program that ran on Cleveland television in the 1960s. A poster for Ghoulardi can be seen on the wall of the gas station behind Bobby and at one point in the film, Bobby says "Stay sick" to a group of children, to which they reply "Turn blue, Bobby". "Stay sick" and "turn blue" were catchphrases of Ghoulardi's. Director Jim Jarmusch, who hails from Akron, grew up watching Ghoulardi as a kid and has cited him as an influence on his work. Ernie Anderson is also well-known for being the father of filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, who named his own production company Ghoulardi Films after the character.
  • The giant anthills are real and were an accidental discovery while filming Hermit Bob in the woods. Jim liked them so much he added the scene & dialogue spontaneously.
  • This is the third film collaboration between director Jim Jarmusch and actor Bill Murray.
  • Filmed in Fleischmanns, NY.
  • The newsreader; Posie Juarez is played by Rosie Perez. The character's name is a 'spoonerism'. The same goes for the character Zelda Winston, who is played by Tilda Swinton.
  • The writer/director is originally from Akron, Ohio. This explains why, (at 15 min in) inside "Bobby's Gas", you can see a poster of "Ghoulardi", a late-night TV host on WJW TV-8 in Cleveland from the 1960s/1970s. (The poster of Ghoulardi is on the upper half of the door behind Bobby in the scene). Ghoulardi was played by Ernie Anderson. Anderson was the voice of ABC in the 1980's and known as the guy who voiced the ABC promos including "The Loooovvvvee Boat".
  • When Adam Driver pulls up at the diner in his small red smart car, the sounds are taken from a Star Wars vehicle sound effect.
  • Officer Ronnie Peterson constantly says "This is all gonna end badly". This a direct parody of the Star Wars quote, "I've got a bad feeling about this."
  • When Hermit Bob picks up a copy of Moby Dick he recites a line from the novel which refers to "this earthly air...terribly infected with the nameless miseries of the numberless mortals who have died exhaling it."
  • Steve Buscemi wears a red and white parody hat, KEEP AMERICA WHITE AGAIN.
  • The singer of the film's theme song Sturgill Simpson has a cameo as the zombie with the guitar.
  • This movie is NOT a remake of the 1975 movie of the same name.
  • Chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray) asks Officer Ronnie Peterson (Adam Driver) if it's "20 after 8" because it's 8 o'clock and still light outside, a reference to George A. Romero's The Night of the Living Dead, where Barbara asks the questions about daylight and time.
  • Bill Murray & Danny Glover were previously in The Royal Tenenbaums together.


  • The three teens from the detention center escape certain death. This is because writer/director Jim Jarmusch believes teenagers are the future and much smarter than they're given credit for.
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