Chris makes a couple of puppets in the Quahog Puppet Store imitate Jacob Black and Edward Cullen, characters from the Twilight saga. Seth Green played a vampire in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film and a werewolf in the series of the same name.
When Lois goes to Franz's house looking for Peter and Chris, Franz says, "Is he a great big fat person?", a reference to The Silence of the Lambs.
Peter's line "Life always finds a way" is the line Jeff Goldblum's character said in Jurassic Park.
When Peter and Chris are trapped in the basement, Peter's quote, teasing Meg, "Thunder thighs are on the move, Thunder thighs are on the loose" is a parody to the lyrics used in the opening theme of ThunderCats.
The plot of the episode shares similarities with the Stephen King novella Apt Pupil.
When Peter and Chris are walking into the basement, Peter calls Franz "Mr. Googlesearch" in a reference to the search engine Google.