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A television spot was banned because it had too much gore, and it also revealed the ending to the movie.
"Girls Gone Wild" mogul Joe Francis wrote a letter to producers saying he was angry at the film because of Jerry O'Connell's character who owns a site called "Wild Wild Girls", which is a spoof of the adult video line, and that he might take legal action if "any defamatory or disparaging statements, or depictions, in the media or in the film itself, or other statements that portray Mr. Francis in a false light, will be met with swift litigation." After seeing the movie, Francis went on saying "I appreciate a good parody as much as the next guy, but to associate me with drugs, and the filming of underage girls crosses a definite line", Francis said. "Jerry O'Connell has repeatedly and emphatically stated on the public record that he is 'playing Joe Francis', not a fictional character based on me. Mr. O'Connell has done this, despite having been warned by his own lawyers not to admit this." In response, O'Connell said "I get to play Joe Francis! Oh, wait. For legal reasons I'm supposed to say, 'I play someone loosely based on Joe Francis.'"
Director Alexandre Aja planned to have Joe Dante (director of the original Piranha (1978)) and James Cameron (director of Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)) play boat Captains who give safety lessons to the teens. Dante wanted to do it, but Cameron was too busy.
The song Richard Dreyfuss is singing at the beginning of the film, "Show me the way to go home" is the same song he sang with Robert Shaw and Roy Schieder in Jaws (1975).
Kelly Brook and Riley Steele spent two weeks training for their nude synchronized underwater swimming set piece.
No cuts were demanded by the MPAA.
One thousand one hundred twelve boats were used for the spring break massacre set piece.
The film was not screened for critics, although, unusual for such circumstances, the critics actually liked it.
The film has a poster in the style of the Jaws film franchise, with the monster at the bottom of the sea, and the potential victim on the surface high above.
Gianna Michaels was a last minute replacement for Natasha Nice, who got arrested while working on a hardcore movie prior to the shooting of her scene, and was unable to do the small part Michaels plays in the picture.
Elisabeth Shue and Christopher Lloyd appeared in Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990), and Twenty Bucks (1993).
The film was actually shot on Lake Havasu, Arizona, a popular place for real spring breakers, not on Lake Victoria. Producers debated using the real name, but opted for a fictional one for various reasons.
The production crew estimated that seventy-five thousand gallons of fake blood were used each day.
This film marks the third time that Alexandre Aja has directed a horror film remake. He previously helmed The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and Mirrors (2008).
The film was shot in 2-D and converted to 3-D using the Reali-D conversion process developed by the company, Inner-D. Unlike other 3-D converted films, this movie was always planned to be 3-D.
Matt Boyd (Richard Dreyfuss) sings "Show Me the Way to Go Home", which is the song Dreyfuss' Jaws (1975) character, Matt Hooper, and his colleagues are singing in the boat when the shark attacks.
Richard Dreyfuss worked for two days, while Christopher Lloyd only worked for one.
Some of the shots of spring break participants are genuine.
Included in the end credits is a shout-out for the Society of Amputee Surfers.
A spoof ad campaign suggested that the film should be considered for Academy Awards.
Kelly Brook auditioned with an American accent. This deeply disappointed Alexandre Aja, who called her back and asked her to speak in her natural English accent. He felt the character would be much more appealing if Brook played her in her normal voice.
Despite prominent billing, Christopher Lloyd and Richard Dreyfuss each get just a few minutes of screentime.
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During the scene of the two nude women swimming underwater, the music used is the "Flower Duet" from Delibes' opera "Lakmé". The English translation of the French lyrics includes the lines "Come, let us drift down together / Let us gently glide along; With its enchanting flow / Let us follow the fleeing current... Ah! Let us drift down together!"
Shot in forty-two days.
Three boats were built for the Barracuda yacht.
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The spring break massacre set piece took nine days to film.
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Alexandre Aja filmed scenes specifically for the trailers and television spots.
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During the climax, Greg Nicotero can be briefly seen carrying the top half of a body onto the beach.
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The brand of tequila they have on the Wild Wild Girls boat is Havasu Tequila. This is most visible during the body shots scene. Lake Havasu is where this was filmed.
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The scenes at the Pet Emporium were all shot in a single day.
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Eli Roth woke up after a full day of shooting his part with his eyes being completely bloodshot, and his vision blurry, and went to a local doctor in a panic. The doctor amusedly asked Roth if he'd been spending a lot of time in the sun, and responded to Roth's confirmation of this that he'd simply gotten an irritation from having sunblock mixed with sweat get into his eyes. Roth switched to a different sunblock and had no problems for the remaining days he was playing his part.
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Production was originally slated to begin in late 2008, but was delayed until March 2009.
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Alexandre Aja cast all of the spring break extras.
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Adam Scott told an interviewer that making the film was like being in Apocalypse Now (1979), not based on the enjoyable experiences of working with the other actors, actresses, or Alexandre Aja, but because it was brutally hot on-set in Lake Havasu City Arizona. Elisabeth Shue responded to being told of Scott's comments with "I'm glad he said that."
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Alexandre Aja first met Kelly Brook at a restaurant where was eating lunch.
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In Matt Boyd's (Richard Dreyfuss') fishing scene, not only is he dressed like his Jaws (1975) character Hooper singing "Show Me the Way to Go home", as he did aboard the "Orca", further references to the Jaws film franchise include the brand of the beer he is drinking, "Amity", and in a nod to Chief Brody's famous line regarding needing a "bigger boat", he is set up in an incredibly small 1950's vintage one man fishing boat the size of a bath tub.
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Steven R. McQueen is the son of Chad McQueen from The Karate Kid (1984). Elizabeth Shue was also in The Karate Kid (1984). Legendary actor Steve McQueen is Chad's father and Steven's grandfather.
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Chuck Russell was originally going to direct. He did, however, help re-write the script with Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, as well as incorporating the original John Sayles script that Joe Dante directed the first time around.
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Rob Huebel was considered for the role of Derrick Jones.
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Ehren Kruger made an uncredited contribution to the screenplay.
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Originally scheduled for a July 24, 2009 release, then was pushed back eight months to March 19, 2010, then April 16, 2010. In January 2010, it was published that Dimension Films was looking for a late summer release instead of April, August 27, 2010 was the new date. The film was finally released on August 20, 2010.
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Elizabeth Shue's character (Julie) is called "Jules", just like her CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) character is called by Russell (Ted Danson).
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Ashlynn Brooke, Gianna Michaels: The adult film actresses play victims. Michaels plays the parasailing girl. Brooke plays the member of the cheerleading, who is cut in half by the loose steel cable.
Richard Dreyfuss: The Jaws (1975) star appears as fisherman Matt Boyd at the start of the film. Dreyfuss was paid a reported fifty thousand dollars for his cameo in the film. He donated his entire salary to charity. Boyd is dressed like Hooper, the character Dreyfuss played in Steven Spielberg's masterpiece.
Eli Roth: The wet t-shirt contest host.

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