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(1998)

Trivia

The last name of the killer (Brenda) is listed as Bates. This is the same last name of the killer in both the "Psycho" movies.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar accepted the role of Sasha but had to back out due to schedule conflicts with Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
When Paul and Natalie walk into the hidden room in Wexler's office, a puppet of Freddy Krueger can be seen just before they see the axe. Robert Englund, who plays Wexler, played Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
The killers outfit is based on the fact that the film was originally planned to be set in the middle of winter. When the weather was too warm it was decided to drop the winter aspect of the storyline, rather than fake snow in all the outdoor scenes and dress all the extras in winter outfits, but they kept the killers costume.
Joshua Jackson (Damon Brooks) cranks his car before he takes Natalie to "that" spot in the woods; when it cranks the radio plays Paula Cole's "I Don't Want to Wait" from the TV show Dawson's Creek (1998) also starring Jackson.
At the end of the movie, students from an unnamed college recount the movie's events as an urban legend. They joke about the tale's validity, and one says, "And I bet Brenda was the girl from the Noxzema commercials." Actress Rebecca Gayheart, who plays Brenda in the film, did indeed appear in several commercials for Noxzema.
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe was originally offered the role of Sasha, but turned it down to take part in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).
The car driven in the beginning was originally supposed to be a Land Rover. It was changed to the Ford Expedition (the largest 4x4 available at the time) because the filmmakers discovered they couldn't swing an axe inside a Land Rover.
Reese Witherspoon turned down the role of Natilie Simon.
The book sitting on the desk in Professor Wexler's desk in his class is "The Vanishing Hitchhiker," which is one of the seminal texts on urban legends.
Melissa Joan Hart turned down the role of Natalie Simon.
The last name of Natasha Gregson Wagner's character is 'Mancini'. Don Mancini is the name of the writer of all the "Child's Play" films, and the other actor that is featured in the beginning of the film, Brad Dourif, does the voice of Chucky.
Brad Dourif, the actor who plays the stuttering gas station attendant at the beginning of the film, played the role of Billy Bibbit, who also had a speech impediment, in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).
In addition to this film The Skulls (2000) and Gossip (2000) (both starring Joshua Jackson) were also filmed at the University of Toronto.
The uncredited character played by Brad Dourif, Gas Station Attendant Michael McDonnell who is suspected to be the murderer, was named after Urban Legend-producer Michael McDonnell.
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The author of "The Encyclopedia of Urban Legends" is Charles Breen. The doctor on Tosh's bottle of lithium is a doctor Charles Breen. Charles William Breen is the production designer
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If you look behind Natalie and Parker in the auditorium, you will see the writer Silvio Horta acting as a college student.
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The movie's fictional location is Melbourne, New Hampshire. Melbourne is the name of the director's home city in Australia.
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Apparently, according to the license plate on the front of the Dean's car, the Dean lives in Maine.
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In one scene they show the front page of a newspaper, and the writer of that story is credited to "John MacNeil". John MacNeil was the assistant art director on this film.
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The newspaper article that Brenda shows Natalie near the end of the film (about her boyfriend's death) is said to have been written by (Benno Tutter). Tutter worked on the Art Production of this film.
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One of the first films to feature the blue Pepsi cans, which were introduced to the U.S. in 1998.
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The news reporter announcing the beheading of Michele Mancini on TV is named David McAree. David McAree is the first assistant director of the movie.
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Brad Dourif who plays the gas station attendant was considered for the part of the Joker in Batman (1989) Jared leto who play's Paul in this ended up playing the Joker 18 year's later on Suicide Squad (2016).
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Co-stars Alicia Witt and Loretta Devine share the same birthday August 21.
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The Latin motto of the university, which is featured on its emblem in some scenes, translates as: "The Best Friend Did It".
Before the reveal of Brenda being the movie's killer, the killer was in fact played by Matt Birman during the murder scenes.
Body Count: 9
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