The movie is notable for being one of the first films shot entirely on videotape and then released to the homevideo market (making it a straight-to-video film). The title of the film was once used as an answer to a question in an 1980s edition of Trivial Pursuit, the question being "What film has the tagline 'They're Tobacco Chewin', Gut Chompin', Cannibal Kinfolk from Hell!'". Director Pericles Lewnes went on to work as a special effects supervisor on several other Troma productions, including The Toxic Avenger Part II, The Toxic Avenger Part III, and Troma's War, as well as Shatter Dead and Ax 'Em. He would also go on to be the main special effects coordinator for the short-lived syndicated horror anthology series Monsters.
The film was released on VHS and DVD by Troma Entertainment. A new 20th anniversary edition of the film was released on DVD January 27, 2009. It includes the never before released soundtrack on CD. It also became the only Troma film to be sold on Wal-Mart shelves in the USA as a $5 sell-thru title.