When one of the Washingtonians raps on Amy's window, she raises the blinds to see him clearer. He bares his teeth at her, and she backs away from the window screaming. In the next shot, as her parents rush into the bedroom, the blinds are down.
There are many subtle references to Stephen King's books and films. The man with a dark secret who returns to his boyhood home ("Salem's Lot", "Sometimes They Come Back"), an evil clown ("It"), a sinister vehicle shrouded in smoke ("Christine"), 4 young boys inseparable as youths who share that secret ("Stand by Me"). In fact, one of those youths is named Virgil ('Virg' for short), like 'Vern' from the Stephen King film.
This is the second episode of the second season in which a character is skinned alive. In the episode "Pelts", Meatloaf skins himself.
This episode addresses the Terri Schiavo controversy, in which Mrs. Schiavo was comatose in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) and her husband decided to seek a "do not resuscitate" order, against the wishes of Mrs. Schiavo's parents.
The pages composing the girl's face on the cover of the DVD contain a hint to the plot, as they are the lines that are narrated by the narrator Emma Thompson in the movie "Stranger Than Fiction", when Will Ferrell's character Harold Crick brushes his teeth in the morning.
This episode was probably meant to air at a future date, or is at least set a few months into the future, as the DMG rejection letter seen under the opening credits is dated February 29, 2007. Interestingly enough, there is no 29th day in February of 2007.
At one point in the episode, the "Stewart, British Columbia, October" text screen is probably supposed to say "November" since the other texts are monthly, the previous one was already "October" and the next one is "December".
In the scene where the soldiers are shown videos in order to have their responses monitored, one of the screens is showing a clip from Takashi Miike's unaired season 1 episode "Imprint".
When Jake comes to see Mother Mayter's, he says he brought her a bottle of moonshine. That can't be moonshine because what's in the bottle is a brown liquid whereas moonshine is transparent, since it is not aged in barrels.
When Larry goes to open the trap, it has no teeth, but it still cuts.
When Larry goes to open the trap, there's suddenly more blood on his hands and forearms.
Goof: When Larry Pearce is talking to the therapist, he says, "Do you know how many conversations I monitor on average every day? 531. That's 2,665 times a day I'm listening to other people complaining about their problems."
The last sentence should have referred to 2,665 times a week.
Either this episode is set years in the future, or was not scheduled to air until next year. Michael's tombstone says that he died in 2007.
There is a picture of Dick Cheney in Harold's house.
As Harold carries lunch upstairs at the start of the episode, the overhead camera angle on the stairs is similar to that used by Hitchcock in Psycho during Det. Arbogast's murder scene.
It's never clarified what kills Kevin's father at the beginning. He's invisibly struck down and eviscerated, but this doesn't make sense with how the same creature kills Kevin at the end of the episode, or how it appears.
The Buckethead song "Imprint (dedicated to Takashi Miike)" on the album Pepper's Ghost was written in honor of this episode.
Clips of the torture scene are used in the second season episode "The Screwfly Solution".
The teleplay for Masters of Horror: Imprint was written by Daisuke Tengan, based on the novel "Bokkê, kyôtê" (the title of which is in the Okayama dialect of Japanese) by Shimako Iwai. The author of the novel, Shimako Iwai, has a cameo on the movie as the sadistic prostitute that places the needles.
The song played when Ida Teeter (Angela Bettis) is going to "The McNaughton Museum of Natural History" is "Massokiss" by Poperratic (the artist name of JAYE BARNES LUCKETT, who also wrote many song from other Lucky McKee's films like "MAY").
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