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Ken Kirzinger had to undergo some dental work during filming, but it would have taken too much time to remove his make-up and costume and reapply them. When he arrived at the dentist's office still dressed as Jason (without the hockey mask), people were afraid he was an escaped psychopath, and almost called the police.
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Standing at 6'5" (1.96 meters) tall, Ken Kirzinger is the tallest actor to date to play Jason Voorhees.
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The final film in which Robert Englund plays the role of Freddy Krueger.
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According to Robert Englund, his Freddy make-up was so thick that he couldn't tell how hot it was from the fires during filming. When he got in to have his make-up removed, it had bonded itself to his face.
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Betsy Palmer, who played Jason's mother in the original Friday the 13th (1980), was asked to reprise her role of Mrs. Voorhees, but turned it down because she felt the role was too small for her.
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The biggest problem that occurred on-set was a fight between Director Ronny Yu and Katharine Isabelle (Gibb), who had signed onto the film on the promise that she would not have to do nude scenes. During the shoot, Yu went back on this promise, and repeatedly tried to pressure her to get naked. (They eventually settled on using a body double.)
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Brad Renfro was originally cast as Will, but had to be replaced less than a week before shooting began. Jason Ritter, who actually got the part, had initially tested, but they didn't feel that he was right for the role.
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Veteran Friday the 13th actor Kane Hodder, who played the part of Jason Voorhees in the last two "Friday the 13th" movies, and the last two "Jason" movies, offered to reprise the role for this film, but was turned down for the part because New Line Cinema envisioned Jason to be tall and large, so they could create a David and Goliath sort of visual imagery between Freddy and Jason. New Line Cinema felt that Kane Hodder was too short and bulky to be Jason.
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Brent Chapman (Blake's father) and Kyle Labine (Freeburg) appeared in Halloween: Resurrection (2002), making them the first actors to appear in a Freddy, a Jason, and a Michael Myers film.
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The lake at Camp Crystal Lake was also being used to film the final scenes for X2 (2003) at the same time this movie was being filmed. The two film casts even stayed at the same hotel.
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Robert Englund was excited at the casting of Katharine Isabelle as "Gibb", as he was a big fan of her cult-film Ginger Snaps (2000), a Canadian werewolf film.
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(At around one hour and nineteen minutes) Freddy's "how sweet, dark meat" line is a variation on the line "how sweet, fresh meat" in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988).
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A sequel was planned, but never materialized. Wildstorm published a six issue comic series in late 2007 and early 2008. This added The Evil Dead (1981)'s Ash Williams to the mix.
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Peter Jackson was asked to direct.
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Ken Kirzinger (Jason Voorhees) revealed that during filming the scene of the characters looking for the Hypnocil in the insane asylum, special effect sparks landed on Kirzinger, causing his costume to catch fire. A stuntman for over twenty years, Kirzinger remained calm while stage hands rushed in with fire extinguishers to put him out.
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Rob Zombie was offered to direct, but turned it down to work on his pet project House of 1000 Corpses (2003).
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Westin Hills is Freddy's birthplace, and was featured in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987).
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The kids go to Westin Hills to look for the experimental drug Hypnocil. Hypnocil was the drug that Neil Gordon (Craig Wasson) discovered was being taken by Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) when they first met in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). Nancy was also the one who suggested that Westin Hills prescribe Hypnocil to the patients.
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This was the first Freddy movie not filmed in the United States, and the filmmakers had to search for a new house that would resemble the famous Freddy Krueger Elm Street house from the first seven "Nightmare" films.
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The twenty-five million dollar budget of the film was the highest in Friday the 13th/Jason franchise.
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According to Director Ronny Yu, the special effects team used three hundred gallons of fake blood for the movie.
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In several early drafts of the script, two twists were considered that would have connected the pasts of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. One considered twist was that Freddy either raped or had a consensual sexual encounter with Jason's mother, and as a result, had unknowingly fathered Jason. Another twist considered, was that Freddy had worked at Camp Crystal Lake in the past, and had either molested Jason as a child, or was somehow connected to his drowning, being a child murderer, and potential sexual offender, thus giving Jason a motivation to track down and kill Freddy. Both ideas were eventually dropped, as producers felt they were too contrived, and too dark for the film.
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In the first interview concerning the film, Ken Kirzinger did the whole video interview in Jason's costume wearing the mask, clothes and make-up, in order to make the viewers more confident in him and his loyalty to the character.
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Seventeen scripts were submitted, which eventually turned into one script. The producers decided for some time to go ahead with this script, but changed their minds, as they could not agree with the ideas proposed. Eventually, Damian Shannon and Mark Swift came in and created their own script, which the producers felt were much closer to the Freddy and Jason backstories. Most of the earlier scripts dealt with cults that were attempting to resurrect Freddy and Jason to come back and fight.
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(At around one hour and nineteen minutes) Screenwriters Mark Swift and Damian Shannon were disturbed by the homophobic insult Kelly Rowland's character directed at Freddy Krueger, and both writers pointed out in interviews that this was not something they had written in their script.
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During test and advance screenings, the ending was not added to the film. Instead, the following text appeared: "On August 15th, 2003 see the final sixty seconds and see who has survived...and what is left of them." This is a direct reference to the tagline for the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), which is "Who will survive and what will be left of them?"
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Kane Hodder, who had portrayed Jason in the previous four films featuring the character, was keen on reprising the role, and had even been given a copy of the final script. However, Jason was subsequently re-cast, with Hodder claiming he had been kept out of the loop as to why. This decision caused some backlash from "Friday the 13th/Jason" fans. Ronny Yu explained that while Hodder was wonderful in the role, he chose Ken Kirzinger for the part, as Kirzinger was slightly taller and broader than Hodder (thus giving more contrast with the much shorter Robert Englund as Freddy), and because he wanted a slightly different take on the character. He felt that Hodder was somewhat too "aggressive", whereas he wanted Jason to be slower, smoother, and more deliberate in how he was portrayed. Though Hodder was disappointed and angry with the decision, he holds no grudge against Kirzinger, who had actually worked with him on the eighth film as a stunt double.
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The eighth and eleventh entries in the two respective franchises.
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Ken Kirzinger believes he was hired because at 6'5", he is considerably taller than Robert Englund's 5'10". The previous Jason, Kane Hodder, stands at 6'2".
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Chronologically, the film is set after the events of Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), but before Jason X (2001), which was released beforehand, as this movie spent so long in development hell.
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(At around thirteen minutes) The scene which featured Jason's bed kill was originally rejected by New Line Cinema studio executives, but Screenwriters Mark Swift and Damian Shannon fought hard for filming it. They acted it out on the floor to convince Ronny Yu. After he liked the idea, the scene was filmed, and it turned out to be the biggest reaction of the audience during the test screening.
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After Brad Renfro dropped out of the film, Ian Somerhalder was considered as a replacement, but Ronny Yu felt he was "too pretty".
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Ken Kirzinger got the part of Jason when he went to New Line Cinema for an interview for the stunt coordinating job. The producers noticed his physical looks, and asked him to audition for the role of Jason.
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This film marks Robert Englund's last official on-screen appearance as Freddy, though he would occasionally appear as the character at conventions and events. In 2014, Englund officially "retired" from the role, after appearing in full costume and make-up at an event marketed as his final portrayal of the character.
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One early version of the script called for the beginning of the film to take place in medieval times, while another called for the beginning to start out at Camp Crystal Lake, with Jason getting arrested. Another script was to have the beginning of the film take place on the eve of the millennium.
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New Line Cinema first attempted to make this film several times in the late 1980s, when they tried to team up with Paramount Pictures, but there was never an agreement made.
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While several journalists and television hosts have tried to embarrass Kelly Rowland over her role in this film, she has always responded by saying that the film was a hit, and she enjoyed making it, and therefore has nothing to be ashamed about.
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When the original script proved to be too long, the characters of Tommy Jarvis and Kelly were eliminated. Jarvis was to have been played by Jason Bateman, and Jenny by Katharine Isabelle. The producers felt Isabelle had the makings of a scream queen with a horror-loaded résumé, so her part was then switched with Lauren Lee Smith. So, Katherine Isabelle became Gibb, and Lauren Lee Smith became Jenny, who unfortunately was no longer in the script.
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Ronny Yu and the producers tried to limit Ken Kirzinger from doing his own stunts as much as possible for legal reasons.
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Katharine Isabelle was quite upset with Ronny Yu when she learned that by accepting the role of Gibb, something Yu suggested, she was expected to do a nude shower scene. She refused to do so. Therefore Tammy Morris replaced her as a body double for the scene. There was great friction between Isabelle and Yu for the rest of the shoot, because of this incident.
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Filming lasted fifty-three days.
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(At around nineteen minutes) The goat seen in Blake's early nightmare sequence is a reference to Tina's nightmare involving a goat in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
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The first "Friday the 13th/Jason" movie since Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) not to feature Kane Hodder as Jason Voorhees.
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The original concept started out as Michael Myers vs. Jason, which had been planned since the early 1990s. However, that idea was dropped, because Michael and Jason are too similar. It was decided that the film would be more interesting if the two killers were different.
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The bag placed over Jason's head in the Crystal Lake nightmare is a reference to the bag Jason wore in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) before he started wearing his trademark hockey mask.
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Gibb (Katharine Isabelle) is always shown wearing a red baseball hat. This is an reference from Carrie (1976), where P.J. Soles' character always wore a red baseball cap. Isabelle appeared in Carrie (2002).
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Although Ken Kirzinger was chosen to play Jason, many re-shoots were made late in production, and Ken was not available to work. The producers used their next choice for Jason, Douglas Tait. The most notable scene shot with Mr. Tait is the very last scene in the movie, just before the credits.
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Following its release, Monica Keena and Katharine Isabelle had rather choice words about the film, with Keena in particular saying that she thought the screenplay was terrible, and that she only really signed on for the money, and to raise her profile. Isabelle's problems were mostly to do with the fact that she didn't get along with Ronny Yu, who tried to force her to do a nude scene even though she had specifically requested a "no nudity" clause when she signed on.
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There were plans for a crossover as early as 1987, but New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures failed to agree on a story, or what to do with the two franchises. Paramount Pictures had approached New Line Cinema about filming a crossover several years before the latter had gained the licensing rights to "Friday the 13th". At that time, both companies wanted the license to the other's character, so that they could control the making of the film. Negotiations on the project were never finalized, which led Paramount Pictures to make Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988).
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As a little girl, Monica Keena's fear of Freddy Krueger resulted in her school teachers thinking she was being abused at home.
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According to Ronny Yu, one of his Hong Kong film making styles he incorporated into this movie was using different camera speeds during the fight sequences in order to get the "action impact".
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Freddy's boiler room in the movie was not a built set. It was actually an old boiler room redressed by the crew.
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Zach Ward and Brendan Fletcher are good friends, and were excited when they were informed that they had been cast as brothers in the film.
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The role of Mark was originally written for a Latino actor. However, the Latino actor who had been cast, dropped out shortly before production began. Brendan Fletcher, who had already secured a small role in the film, was suggested as a possible replacement, and after a successful audition, the role was re-written, and Fletcher was cast.
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According to Mark Swift, Producer Robert Shaye seemed a bit more interested in the Freddy side of things, which made a huge elimination in their screenplay (and in the film) from the Crystal Lake/Jason side of things.
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Ken Kirzinger is the only actor besides Kane Hodder to have played Jason Voorhees more than once. Long before he took over the role of Jason from Hodder, Kirzinger wore the hockey mask when he doubled for Hodder in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989). He was also one of the Stunt Coordinators for that film.
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(At around one hour and ten minutes) When Lori is sedated so she can bring Freddy out of Jason's dream, she mutters the limerick "Now I lay me down to sleep...", this line was used by Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) when she entered her own to dream to face off with Freddy for the final time.
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Bryan Singer visited the set, being a fan of the Friday the 13th/Jason franchise.
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(At around six minutes) Jason's regeneration at the start of the film, is very similar to Freddy Krueger's regeneration in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988).
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At around twenty-seven minutes into the film you can spot Evangeline Lilly as an extra. She is a girl in the crowd at the school wearing a green long-sleeved shirt.
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The two stunt performers who doubled for Monica Keena and Jason Ritter melted their wigs because of high heat of fire on the set.
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According to Kane Hodder, C.J. Graham, who played Jason in Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986), had a chance to reprise his role for this film after his agent suggested it to him. He declined the chance, as he was good friends with Kane Hodder, and felt the film's producers were treating him unfairly by re-casting the character.
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Sean S. Cunningham was involved with the project, before dropping out, due to frustration with delays and false starts.
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During the montage of past Elm Street films Alice can be heard saying "Die, motherfucker!" before impaling Freddy with a pool skimmer. When this scene was first shown in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), her original line was "Where is she?" while the line in the original draft of the script was, "Why don't you just SHUT UP!"
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Screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift were immediately hired by New Line Cinema to write Friday the 13th (2009) after this movie was completed, as producers had been highly impressed by their knowledge of the franchise, and their work on the script for this film.
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At one point in time, a sequel titled "Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash" was considered, which would have included Bruce Campbell's iconic cult character "Ash" from the "Evil Dead" trilogy. This was partially inspired by several props from Evil Dead II (1987) (including the "Necronomicon" and "Death Dagger") being used in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) as an Easter Egg. For several reasons (including legality issues over New Line Cinema not owning "Evil Dead" or the rights to the character Ash, and the decision to remake both Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street), the film never came to be, although it was eventually turned into a popular comic book.
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New Line Cinema's advertising budget for this movie surpassed the marketing campaigns for all ten prior Friday the 13th/Jason films combined.
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In one early draft of the script, Jason Voorhees had been captured and restrained by authorities, and would spend much of the film on trial for his countless murders. His defense lawyer would have been the lead character.
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(At around twenty-nine minutes) The principal at Laurie's High School is Robert Shaye, the producer for all of the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" movies. He even has a part as himself in New Nightmare (1994), and a cameo in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991). The DVD has a deleted scene in which he has a couple of lines.
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Brad Renfro was originally cast as Will, but showed up to set so strung out, they had to re-cast a week prior to shooting.
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Ken Kirzinger was cast two weeks before principal photography.
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The screenwriters (and several other cast and crew members) were strongly against the scene in which Freddy is called a "faggot" by the character Kia, feeling it could be hurtful for any LGBT fans or suporters who saw the film. The line wasn't in the original script, but was rather a spur-of-the-moment improv on-set.
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David S. Goyer did an uncredited re-write of the script to make it shorter. One of his contributions to the script was the combination of the two characters of Gibb and Jenny.
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Coincidentally, the sixth film of each series has subtitles which are exactly the opposite: Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986) and Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991).
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Over the course of the film's long development stage, New Line Cinema reportedly spent around six million dollars on it, ultimately receiving eighteen different drafts of the screenplay, submitted by over a dozen different screenwriters.
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According to the Friday the 13th wiki website, Freddy Vs. Jason (2003) takes place in Autumn 2003, 2 months after Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) which occurred in June 2003 and 5 years before Jason Voorhees was captured by the Camp Crystal Lake Research Facility at the beginning of Jason X (2001) which occurred in 2008.
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According to the timeline on the A Nightmare on Elm Street wiki website: Freddy vs. Jason (2003) took place 4 years after Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) which took place in 1999, which means the film takes place in 2003.
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In Bride of Chucky (1998) Diane says about Chucky, "this little guy has a face only a mother could love", in this; Freddy says a similar line only it's "now there's a face only a mother can love". (Both films directed by Ronny Yu).
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The film was made into a big haunted house at Universal's "Halloween Horror Nights" in 2015 in Orlando Florida, for the event's 25th Anniversary.
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One early considered script revolved around a cult of Freddy-worshipping teens called the "Fred-Heads", who sought to resurrect Freddy through a series of sacrifices. Jason would be brought back to life through a sacrifice in order to stop Freddy and the cult.
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Crystal Lowe was in the running for the role of Lori.
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According to the book Slash of the Titans: The Road to Freddy vs Jason, the crossover sequel officially had sixteen screenwriters across ten different versions of the story. This was per the Writer's Guild Arbitration Panel findings. Unofficially, this movie had many more unsolicited treatments and drafts, both internally and externally.
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In an interview, Douglas Tait explained the reason for the reshoot. He stated, "Unfortunately for me, it was the only scene I was hired to do. The test audiences were confused about the original ending, they thought Jason Ritter's character was becoming Jason [sic]. You can see it in the deleted scenes, that is why they decided to reshoot the ending. Originally I was being considered for playing the role of Jason in the entire film. It was actually between me and Ken. When they took the film to Canada, I was out of luck. There was no way they were going to pay for my flight and hotel stay when Ken was a local. Also, Ken is older than me and he was a lot more established in the business than I was at the time." Describing the scene, Tait said "I was on the film for a couple days. The water sequence took a lot of preparation. They realized that when I got wet, I looked too skinny in the clothes, so they had to bulk me up with pads and extra clothing so it would look like I was still big. Being with all this extra weight, one eye covered, a machete in one hand, Freddy's head in another hand, and being totally submerged in water, made that scene very difficult. Also, Ronny Yu wanted me to walk like I was walking on land. He wanted it to look like I could walk through the water without it making me rise to the surface. To do this effect, they had a rope tied under water that I held onto with my left hand (with Freddy's severed head in it also), and I held myself down on the ground so I could pull myself and walk forward."
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This is the first A Nightmare on Elm Street/Freddy Krueger film to be shot in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Friday the 13th Part III (1982) was the first in that franchise to feature this aspect ratio. This film and Friday the 13th (2009) would be the last.
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The final script was clocked in at over two and half hours. The producers brought in David S. Goyer to tighten it up a bit and reduce the time.
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One of Robert Englund's stunt doubles was Óscar Gutiérrez, better known by his wrestling name Rey Mysterio, Jr.
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(At around one hour and eleven minutes) In Lori's dream, kids are teasing a young Jason and they place a burlap sack in his head, this is similar to the burlap sack Jason wore in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981). Jason started wearing the goalie mask in Friday the 13th Part III (1982).
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According to Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, several endings were considered for the film and finally Director Ronny Yu and Producer Robert Shaye came up with the ending used in the film.
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The opening monologue is similar to the opening monologue in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988).
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1428 Elm Street is the original house in which Nancy Thompson and then later, Jesse Walsh lived in. Lori Campbell lives in the same house.
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When asked who he thought won at the end, Ken Kirzinger stated: "Well, ya know, I always say that I did because ya know, there was just more of me left then him. Ya know, I kicked his ass, I mean, right off his body. all there was,was a head. But I got a feeling that's the battle, not the war".
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Katharine Isabelle was originally cast as Jenny, while Lauren Lee Smith was cast as Gibb. In the re-write, Jenny was eliminated, and all of her lines were given to Gibb. Eventually, Katharine Isabelle took over the part of Gibb, and Lauren Lee Smith was no longer in the film.
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Stephen Norrington was the original choice to direct the film.
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There had been multiple efforts to make this movie over the years, but no real progress was ever made, because Freddy belonged to New Line Cinema, and Jason to Paramount Pictures. After Paramount Pictures walked, due to Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)'s disappointing box-office, original Friday Director Sean S. Cunningham swooped in and worked with New Line Cinema's Head of Production Michael De Luca to obtain the Friday the 13th (1980) film rights. Now, there was nothing stopping them from doing this movie, except for the fact that they had no real idea how to bring the characters together in any kind of logical story. Plus, New Line Cinema suddenly had Wes Craven back.
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Jason Ritter's (Will) father, John Ritter was in Bride of Chucky (1998), which was also directed by Ronny Yu, as Chief Warren Kincaid. He passed away the year this movie came out.
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The only Freddy Krueger movie that doesn't have the word "Nightmare" in the title.
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In this film, Freddy Krueger says "bitch" a total of 6 times.
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Deputy Stubbs at first assumes that there is a copycat killer of Jason Voorhees. In Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), a copycat killer of Jason Voorhees goes on a rampage.
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Some early scripts had Freddy pee on the Holy Grail. A boxing scene and a hocky scene. Freddy gets beamed by a satellite ray into the sun. At one point Freddy would have to collect thirteen dream demons to collect his powers. Alice, Jacob, and Tommy were to be main characters. There was suppose to a wall constructed around Crystal Lake to keep people out, and other drafts had the camp being torn down at the end.
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Katharine Isabelle and Brendan Fletcher both starred in the Canadian cult werewolf films Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004) and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004), and the Syfy original movie Ogre (2008).
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The scene in which Jason knocks down the two different doors at Westin Hills is a reference to Jason X (2001) where he knocks down multiple doors aboard the Grendal.
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The film takes place in 2003.
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Mark's (Brendan Fletcher) van, which he lends to Will (Jason Ritter), who drives it throughout the movie, is a 1983 GMC Vandura.
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With this film being the culmination of both franchises, the Friday the 13th (1980) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) sequels are shown to have a shared universe.
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Brent Chapman previously played a security guard named Franklin in Halloween: Resurrection (2002) in which both characters get decapitated off-screen by both Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees the person who discovers that their dead also gets killed (Willie-throat slashed by Michael Myers, Blake-killed by Jason's machete).
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In Behind The Scenes, Ken Kirzinger stated that he portrayed Jason as a "psycho savant as he lost his mom early and because he's been living out in the woods by the lake by himself without no guidance he's just sort of falling out of mandate by killing all the kids".
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Gibb in the shower is similar to Friday the 13th Part IV The Final Chapter (1984) when Jason kills Doug in the shower fortunately for Gibb Jason doesn't kill her in the shower.
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Ronny Yu rejected casting future The Vampire Diaries (2009) hunk Ian Somerhalder as Will because he was "too pretty".
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1983 was the only year in the 1980s when an A Nightmare On Elm Street or a Friday the 13th film or sequel wasn't released.
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Chris Marquette was born in the same year A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) was released, and Jason Ritter was born in the same year Friday the 13th (1980) was released., And Kelly Rowland Katharine Isabelle and Jesse Hutch and Brendan Fletcher were born the year Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) came out.
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Was Katharine Isabelle's second appearance in a film franchise. The first being the Ginger Snaps film franchise.
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Yu requested in his contract to have many script changes altered, like backstories for the characters, and even added in plot holes, like Jason being afraid of water.
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The film was released a year before the crossover film AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004).
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All of the actors who portrayed Jason from shortest to tallest, Warrington Gillette 6'1", Steve Dash 6'2", Kane Hodder 6'2", C.J. Graham 6'3", Richard Brooker 6'3", Ted White 6'4", Ken Kirzinger 6'5", and Derek Mears 6'5".
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(At around thirty-eight minutes) If you watch carefully when Freddy's head is coming through the wall, you can see what looks like a little alien's head on his forehead. It's probably just a trick of the light, but it is interesting.
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Jason coming out of the water was taken from Apocalypse Now (1979).
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Freddy Krueger uses a Bionic Elbow in a tribute to Dusty Rhodes from New Line executive Jeff Katz.
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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) and this film are sequels released in 2003 to the two franchise starting films that were released in 1984, The Terminator (1984) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), respectively.
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After Lori's father catches her and Will after he tells her that he was sent to The Westin Hills psychiatric ward for witnessing Lori's father killing her mother, she demands that he tell her the truth. In A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), after Nancy pulls Freddy's hat out of the dream, she demands that her mother tell her the truth about Freddy Krueger.
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11 years earlier, Katherine Isabelle starred in the suspense thriller Knight Moves (1992) as the daughter of Christopher Lambert's character whom is the prime suspect of a serial killer's killing spree.
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A powerless Freddy using Jason to kill the teenagers to regain strength is an almost similar plot device to Hellraiser (1987). In that film, Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) uses Julia Cotton (Clare Higgins) to bring unsuspecting victims to the attic in his house to kill them, so Frank can harvest their blood to regenerate his skinless body.
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Lochlyn Munro who portrays Deputy Scott Stubbs in the film had previously starred in the smash hit horror comedy spoof Scary Movie (2000), in which characters parody the classic calling card sound of Jason Voorhees, who subsequently would be the killer of his character in this teenage slasher crossover film, the first Scary Movie parodying centrally successful slasher horror movies.
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Cameo 

Robert Shaye: (At around twenty-nine minutes) The Producer of all the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" movies, including this one, appears as "Principal Shaye", credited as L.E. Moko.
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Rey Mysterio: As person who jumps.
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Kane Hodder: who played Jason in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) to Jason X (2001) , at Westin Hills, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) is playing on TV, Kane Hodder was the stunt coordinator and stunt-double for R.A. Mihailoff (Leatherface) for that movie.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the documentary, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010), Screenwriter Mark Swift revealed Kia's original final stand involved her telling Jason she wasn't afraid of him anymore in the way Nancy stood up to Freddy at the end of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), not realizing this would have no effect on him. Freddy then taunted her by saying "Wrong one, bitch" before killing her.
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Several endings were considered for the film: Originally shot, was a scene in which Lori and Will begin to have sex for the first time. However, Will starts acting like a maniac and eventually sprouts a Freddy Krueger claw, then proceeds to slash at his girlfriend. This was cut, due to miserable test scores, in which the audience thought the acting was terrible, and asked, "Does this mean Freddy won? Where's Jason? Is this a dream? Is Will turning evil and is now some sort of Son-of-Freddy?" Another ending that was considered had Freddy and Jason battling to the death on the dock. After the explosion, they end up in the fiery lake, and then something strange starts to happen. The water begins to move, churning, and the lake begins to drain. Within the water, there is a hole that has opened at the bottom of the lake bed, glowing red. Freddy tries to swim away, but Jason puts a death lock on his ankle, and they're both dragged down. The next day, Crystal Lake is completely dry, and Lori is reunited with her father. Then they walk down into the dry lake. Dr. Campbell sees Freddy's claw on the ground and he picks it up, vowing to destroy it for good. Then a red and green striped arm bursts through the earth, grabs Dr. Campbell's leg and pulls him down. With one leg buried in the ground, he screams for Lori, but is yanked again, his other leg breaking against his chest at an impossible angle. Then he's gone. Lori claws at the dirt for him, screaming, and then there is a scene that takes place somewhere very dark. Freddy puts his claw back on his hand. He sees Jason near him, machete gleaming. They go at each other, but then, chains shoot out, slicing into both of them. They're separated, struggling to go at each other, when out from the darkness comes Pinhead and he says "Now, what seems to be the problem?" However, New Line Cinema didn't like the idea, because they didn't like the fact that they'd have to buy the rights to use the character, and they thought Pinhead was too low rent. Then there was a similar ending considered in Hell that involved a shot of Satan sitting high atop a stone throne, only eyes and the tips of two horns visible in the darkness. Below it, Freddy and Jason battle in a Gladiator style pit, but that idea was also dropped. There was also another idea of a giant red hand coming out of Crystal Lake at the end of the film, grabbing Freddy and Jason in one enormous palm, and yanking them both down into Hell, but that too was dumped. In the script's final draft, the epilogue ended with Freddy and Jason battling in a dark pit, surrounded by the eyes of a thousand dark demons and a million tortured souls. The writers wanted to suggest that the fight would continue for all eternity, but that idea was also dropped.
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Not counting the flashbacks, Freddy only kills one person in this film.
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According to writer Mark Swift, the ending delivered the effect that he originally was going for (he personally thinks Jason won the war).
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(At around one hour and five minutes) When Jason is impaled on his own machete, Freddy uses some iron plates to push the machete in deeper. The last three plates that fly through the air form the New Line Cinema logo.
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One unused script featured Jason driving a Subaru, Jason helping the main characters, the final fight between the two taking place in a burning mall, Freddy killing a girl by turning her into a giant lobster and flash-steaming her, Jason killing a man by shoving a shotgun up his rear, a Freddy-worshipping cult called the Fred Heads, lizard-people living in the Dream World, Jason being bought back to life with the heart of the final girl's dead boyfriend (also coincidentally named Jason), and Freddy summoning Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and John Wayne Gacey to aid him in the fight against Jason.
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Body count: twenty-four.
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According to Ken Kirzinger, the hardest thing he went through for performing as Jason was sinking into the lake. Ronny Yu shot the scene in a tank, which was highly chlorinated, and had debris to make it look like lake water. Ronny Yu needed the close-up of Ken's left eye, and needed him to sink into the water keeping his eye open. Then also he couldn't breathe because it would be visible on film. So Kirzinger was lying on top of the water and had to let himself sink down to the bottom of the tank without breathing, keeping his left eye open. Kirzinger really held his breath, and the chlorine in the water burned both of his eyes.
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(At around twenty-one minutes) The call letters of the news station shown on the television in the hospital are KRGR, a reference to Freddy Krueger. It is also the name of the radio station that Glenn (Johnny Depp) was listening to right before he died in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
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The ending (Freddy's wink) was Robert Shaye's idea. Throughout the movie's production, no one could decide who should win, Freddy or Jason, nor what to do with the remaining human characters.
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Ronny Yu originally turned down the directing job, because the script didn't indicate who won at the end. He agreed to take the job when Robert Shaye told him he could make that decision himself. Ronny Yu then came up with the idea for Jason to hold Freddy's head at the end. Robert Shaye agreed, but wanted Freddy to wink at the audience.
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(At around one hour and twenty-four minutes) The way Jason looks at his hand after Freddy cuts off his fingers is a nod to Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), when Trish stabs him in the hand between his fingers. He stops what he's doing, and looks at his hand the same way.
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Because the ending had to be re-shot, and Ken Kirzinger was not available, Douglas Tait was cast in the role of Jason. His few days on the film were largely spent underwater. The crew discovered that when Tait was submerged, his clothes would cling to him and make him look less bulky. Tait had to be bulked up with pads and extra clothing. He also had to walk along the lake floor, so he had to hold onto a rope tied under the water.
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The following scenes were cut from the film: An alternate opening scene which has Billy, a camper, telling Heather, a counselor, that he had a bad dream. He asks her to stay with him until he can fall asleep again, but she refuses and leaves. She goes skinny dipping, but hears something and gets scared so she runs back to the cabin. The door is locked, however, so she asks Billy to open it for her, but he gives her the finger.(Part of this scene can be seen in the theatrical cut.) Trey telling Gibb that the sheets are probably filthy, so she should just pull back the comforter and they'll lie on top of it. A scene at the institution where a guard shines a flashlight into a patient's eyes to see if he'll react. Lori's father picking her up from the police station. Lori scratching paint off of her front door with her keys in a dream sequence. Gibb at school yelling "Stop staring at me!" in the hallway. This is followed by Mark and Will arriving at the school looking for Lori. Principal Shaye trying to convince Mark and Will to return to the institution. Lori, Kia, and Gibb leaving for the party. Lori, Kia, and Gibb arriving at the party, followed by shots of the party itself. A broken bodied Trey walking towards Gibb in a dream sequence. Mark, in a dream sequence, sees his brother commit suicide on his computer monitor. Mark throwing up eels. Lori, Kia, Freeburg, Linderman, Will, and the cop splitting up into two groups to look for the Hypnocil. Linderman apologizing to Kia for what he said to her at the party. Will telling Lori that if she promises to come back, he promises to never leave her again. A bit more of the Freddy and Jason fight inside the burning cabin. Lori utters the lines "Freddy vs. Jason. Place your bets." (Part of this scene can be seen in the trailer and television spots.) Kia telling Linderman that he better be there when she gets back so she can kick his ass in case he tells anyone that she kissed him. She then kisses him. An alternate ending in which Will and Lori make love. Will then starts to choke Lori and his right hand turns into Freddy's glove.
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(At around forty-one minutes) Jason skewering Gibb and Frisell in a double kill, is a reference to Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), where he does the same thing to Jeff and Sandra.
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In one of the original endings, Freddy and Jason continue their battle in Hell, when suddenly Pinhead from the Hellraiser (1987) film franchise steps out of the shadows and separates them. He then calmly asks, "What seems to be the problem, gentlemen?". This was scrapped, due to licensing issues.
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During an interview before the movie's release, Ronny Yu made a confusing comment stating that the film had a "triple ending", similar to Clue (1985). Initially, most believed that film had three different, separate endings, and people would be able to see three different endings in theaters. Most likely one where Freddy wins, one where Jason wins, and a third where neither wins (a draw). This turned out not to be the case.
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Freddy and Jason don't face each other in battle until the last twenty minutes of the film.
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When Jason throws the body of Deputy Stubbs through a window to scare Lori, Will, and Kia, this is a nod to Friday the 13th (1980) when Mrs. Voorhees threw the corpse of Brenda through a window to scare Alice, Friday the 13th Part III (1982), when Jason threw the body of Rick through a window to scare Chris, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), when Jason threw the corpse of Rob through a window to scare Trish and Tommy and Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), and when Roy threw the body of George through a window to scare Pam.
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When Jason walks out of the water holding Freddy's head, Freddy winks. Many people believed this to be a special effect, but it wasn't, Robert Englund winked at the camera.
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Jason killing Trey by stabbing him multiple times in the back with his machete while he's on the bed then folding him in half while still on the bed is similar to Friday the 13th Part VI Jason Lives (1986) when Jason kills Sheriff Garris by bending him backwards., it's also kind of similar to how Jason killed Jeff and Sandra by impaling them with a spear when they're in bed in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981).
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It is said later in the film that Blake was stabbed to death, but the motion of Jason swinging his machete suggests that he was either slashed to death, or perhaps even beheaded. Blake's actual moment of death is implied, but not actually shown on-screen..
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The scene where Freddy uses Trey's dead body to lure Gibb into his boiler room, is similar to A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), when he used Tina's dead body to lure Nancy into his boiler room. In the original, Nancy escapes by burning her arm on the pipes. In this one, Gibb is not so lucky.
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The massacre at the rave party in the corn fields is similar to the massacre at the pool party in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985).
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This is the fifth Freddy Krueger film that ends in a dream. The other five are A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).
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