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(1985)

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Kane Hodder, who was the stunt coordinator for the film, is known to horror fans as the one who played icon Jason Voorhees more than anyone else, four films total. Director Steve Miner also directed Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), the first to actually feature Jason, and Friday the 13th Part III (1982), the first to feature the famous hockey mask.
According to Fred Dekker, the script was originally inspired by Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). After seeing that film, Dekker and his friends, which included Ethan Wiley, Steve Miner, and Shane Black, planned to make their own independent anthology movie on video. But the project was never completed. Dekker used the idea for his unproduced segment for this film.
The next door neighbor, Harold, is played by George Wendt who best known for his role as Norm on Cheers (1982). House II: The Second Story (1987) features an appearance by John Ratzenberger who played Norm's best friend Cliff.
Sean S. Cunningham, the producer, produced the Friday the 13th movies, and Harry Manfredini wrote the music for this and the Friday the 13th movies.
Like several horror films of the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s, one of the major themes of this film is the mental trauma of the Vietnam War that is re-lived and dreamt of by its protagonist. This can largely be attributed to the recognition of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association and an increased popular understanding throughout those decades of PTSD symptoms, e.g. nightmares, flashbacks, etc., as well as an increasing number of Vietnam veterans who committed suicide as a result of their wartime experiences. Thus in many ways, films like House reflect a change in national consciousness as war ceased being depicted as a glorious event and began to be seen as a harrowing and traumatic experience.
Glenn Close and Sigourney Weaver were considered for the female lead role.
The "For Sale"-sign at the beginning of the movie has the name of 'Craven Realty', perhaps a nod to Wes Craven, the legendary horror director.
In the Vietnam war flashbacks you can clearly hear the sound of a kookaburra bird. They are native to Australia and would definitely not be in Vietnam.
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Dennis Franz auditioned for the role of Chet Parker.
The original screenplay by Fred Dekker was a traditional horror film with no humor at all. The comedy was all added by Ethan Wiley when he rewrote the script.
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The war demon was an elaborate puppet measuring 18 feet. It was operated by 15 people.
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The little boy that Roger babysits is played by director Steve Miner's young son.
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Steve Miner leapt at the chance of making the film as he was largely regarded as a director of horror films, having helmed the second and third instalments of the Friday the 13th franchise. Sure enough, his next projects after House (1985) were Soul Man (1986) and the pilot episode of The Wonder Years (1988).
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In Hong Kong, this was known as "Don't Go Into the Haunted House After Midnight".
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The house of the title was discovered in Monrovia in California. Production designer Greg Fonseca and his team spent four weeks remodeling it to suit their purposes.
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The show that Sandy plays in is called "Resort".
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Shot over a period of 8 weeks.
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All the creatures were manufactured over a period of three months.
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The movie's poster featured a disembodied hand ringing the doorbell. This does not occur in the film.
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