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The story focuses on the Freeling family, which consists of Steven (Craig T. Nelson); Diane (JoBeth Williams); Dana (Dominique Dunne); Robbie (Oliver Robins); and Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke), who live in a California housing development called Cuesta Verde.
Filmed in sixty days with a budget of 10.8 million dollars the film was a huge hit and spawned two sequels and a television series.
Filming began on Monday, May 11th, 1981 shooting all of the opening credits sequences in Agoura Hills, California. All of these various shots of the neighborhood during the opening title sequence were filmed about a half hour drive from the neighborhood where the Freeling house was actually located at 4267 Roxbury Drive in Simi Valley.