The film is a passion project for Kipp, whose idea for the film was inspired by his own childhood and love of monster movies.
Tom, Mike Manning's character, was originally conceived in the 2017 short film as Lucas's father, before being changed into his older brother in the feature version.
Director Jeremiah Kipp, cinematographer Dominick Sivilli and co-executive producer Curtis Braly make cameos in the film, and real-life members of the Town of Fishkill Police Department also appear.
William Sadler was originally attached to star as Sheriff John Thurston before Dan Hedaya took over, due to Sadler's commitment to Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020).
Lukas Hassel reprises his role as the monster, now called the Virago Witch, from the 2017 short film.
The lead actors, August Maturo and Mike Manning, are both Disney Channel alumni. Maturo appeared on the station's sitcom Girl Meets World (2014) (where he played his notable role of Auggie Matthews), and Manning starred in the station's original movie, Cloud 9 (2014) (where he played Nick Swift), both of which premiered in 2014.
The film was shot at Umbra Sound Stages in Newburgh, New York and on location in the Hudson Valley during the Fall of 2019.
Post-production was done mostly remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was initially completed in November 2020, a month after producer/co-star Mike Manning joined the cast of NBC's Days of Our Lives (1965). Additional post-production work commenced in February 2021.
A feature-length adaptation of Jeremiah Kipp's 2017 short film of the same name.