For one of Tyler Posey's shirtless nighttime scenes in the woods, creator and writer Jeff Davis wanted to show solidarity with his young star in the freezing temperatures and removed his shirt too. Davis lasted all of 14 seconds.
In setting the tone for the way the series will play out, Tyler Posey spends nearly half this opening episode with his shirt off. (The Season 1 DVD set even includes a shirtless montage as one of the extras.)
Directed by veteran Australian director Russell Mulcahy who ventured into similar territory with his first feature, Razorback (1984). Mulcahy would go on to direct six other episodes in this first season, more than any other director on the roster.