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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.
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.
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.
Glenn Close and Sigourney Weaver were considered for the female lead role.
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.
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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.
Dennis Franz auditioned for the role of Chet Parker.
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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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The show that Sandy plays in is called "Resort".
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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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