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(2001)

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(at around 35 mins) When Stony opens the door and gets stabbed and his blood sprays in Kinsa's face, she screams. According to the audio commentary, the effects guys weren't supposed to spray the blood into her face. She was screaming not because she just saw her boyfriend die, but because the fake blood was burning her eyes.
The "virtual '80s" scene was originally meant to be much more detailed, including a number of topless women playing volleyball. One idea even included the appearance of Pamela Voorhees, Jason's mother, and even went so far as to have Jason attack her, showing the extent of just how evil he had become. The latter idea was dropped.
(at around 38 mins) In the scene where Dallas is smashed against the wall by Jason, the stuntman who did this actually broke his nose.
Jason murders 28 people, more than any of the other Friday the 13th movies.
The first film in the Friday the 13th series to rely on digital effects for death and gore shots.
David Cronenberg's cameo was done as a favor, but also because he wanted to get killed on screen
Jason Voorhees' eyes never blink when they are shown.
The film only suffered a couple seconds of cuts/alterations to earn an "R" rating, making it the least censored entry in the entire 'Friday the 13th' series.
(at around 1h 23 mins) The "sleeping bag death" scene was first done in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), and was actually ad-libbed by Kane Hodder in that film out of frustration at re-shooting the same scene over and over.
(at around 1h 21 mins) The music played during Jason's first look at the virtual reality Camp Crystal Lake is the same musical score as the one in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981).
During a Q&A, screenwriter Todd Farmer joked that there were probably about 20,000 people aboard the Solaris space station when Grendel inadvertently crashed into and destroyed it.
Screenwriter Todd Farmer based much of the film on Alien (1979), even naming one of the characters (whom he also played) Dallas, after Tom Skerritt's character in the Ridley Scott film.
Betsy Palmer was doing a play in Toronto at the time Jason X was filming. According to Palmer, one of the producers contacted her about possibly reprising her role as Pamela Vorhees. They did not come to an agreement, and the character was not included in the film.
The name of the primary ship in the film is the "Grendel" which is the name of a monster in the Old English poem "Beowulf". Grendel was a direct descendant of Cain from the Book of Genesis, a monster described as half-troll, half-ogre. Like Jason, Grendel rose from a lake in search of victims and seemingly could not be killed. Also, in their fight, Beowulf rips Grendel's arm off, and in the movie, when Kay-Em shoots up Jason, the first thing he loses is his arm.
Because Jim Isaac wanted the acting in his film to "blow every other Friday movie out of the water." The associate producer videotaped the rehearsals on a camcorder for Isaac, who would view them afterward to get ideas from seeing his characters in action. The problem was with all the script re-writes a lot of the time Isaac didn't even know if what the actors were rehearsing was still going to be in the movie (most of it wasn't).
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In 2010, Discovery Channel's Mythbusters actually tested out Jason X's liquid nitrogen head smash kill. It turns out it doesn't quite pass the smell test
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One of the things which won over everyone to the concept of Jason in space was the idea of the kids seemingly killing the hockey mask bastard halfway through only for him to be recreated into something even scarier via futuristic technology. The mechanism of this change ended up being nanotechnology, an idea screenwriter Todd Farmer lifted from Virtuosity. However, the actual concept of an UberJason predates Jason X.
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(at around 39 mins) Brodski mentioned a gun while the soldiers were suiting up called the "BFG". This sci-fi gun is well known to players of the PC games Doom (1993) and Quake II (1997) as the most powerful weapon. "BFG" is an acronym for "Bio Force Gun" or "Big Fucking Gun", as some called it.
In Andromeda (2000), Lexa Doig played the avatar of the ships artificial intelligence and Lisa Ryder played a crew member. In this movie, Ryder is an AI construct and Doig joins the crew.
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Several of the characters in the film are named after screenwriter Todd Farmer's online friends in the PC game EverQuest (1999).
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(at around 15 mins) The space debris floating in space has "Cunningham Realty" written on the side. This is a reference to the name of producer Noel Cunningham, the son of executive producer and maker of the original Friday the 13th (1980), Sean S. Cunningham.
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The character Adrienne is a reference to Adrienne King, who played Alice Hardy in Friday the 13th (1980) and Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981).
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It had four different U.S. release dates before it was finally released.
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Lexa Doig & Lysa Ryder had to be released from Jason X by a certain date to start on Andromeda
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Jason X is the first Friday the 13th film to be rated '15' in the UK. Although Friday the 13th parts 2,3 & 6 were originally rated '18' they were altered to '15', part 6 in 2002 and parts 2 & 3 in 2008.
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The name "Tiamat" comes from Babylonian mythology. She is a dragon/goddess of the sea, who was slain by the god Marduk who then formed the land from her carcass.
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Several of the characters owe their names to EverQuest
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Neither the Casting Director nor the Director initially wanted to do the virtual reality scene. Cook was so adamant the scene was nothing but gratuitous nudity that she refused to cast the roles of the two topless girls, relegating those duties to her casting assistant. Isaac agreed that it was clearly just nudity for nudity's sake, and the only way he could personally justify it is if they had fun with it and made it really silly.
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The character Janessa was originally named Jessica, after producer Sean Cunningham's sister.
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Jason X originally meant to double that by having two couples survive - Kay-Em 14 (well, her head at least) and her creator on one side, Rowan and her love interest on the other. However, 4 days into rehearsal they looked at the script and realized they had no real use for Rowan's male love interest character even though they'd already cast someone to play him.
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During Jason X's development process, director Jim Isaac, producer Noel Cunningham (Sean's son), and screenwriter Todd Farmer kicked around any scenario they could think of it, typically "Jason in [insert blank] (the hood, snow, underwater, the arctic, in L.A. fighting gangs, on safari)." They even considered something involving the NASCAR circuit. Farmer suggested "in space" because he knew Freddy Vs. Jason was on the way, and it'd be best if Jason X was set after the events of that epic battle. So, they needed to jump into the future, and going into space certainly did that. They were a little scared of doing a horror sequel in space [see: Hellraiser, Leprechaun, and Critters.], but they thought it could be fun to do a mash-up of Ridley Scott's Alien and James Cameron's Aliens with not one but two strong Ripley-type females on a ship of bad-ass space marines hunted by Jason instead of xenomorphs.
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The character Waylander is sometimes referred to as Wayland, such as the character named Dallas, this is also a reference to the Alien franchise as the company in that series is Weyland-Yutani.
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The original script featured a scene where two space truckers would find the chamber before their comrades did. Jason would awaken, escape and have them take Rowan aboard where he follows them. Another idea coming from this was to have a party in zero gravity to celebrate saving her.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Dallas first confronts Jason, his head is slammed into the bulkhead. In "Drive Angry"(2011) he is again killed by a supernatural being, The Accountant whom slams him against the wall smashing his face with a broken Louisville Slugger wood bat.
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