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Including the 2009 remake, Jason has killed 167 total people throughout the "Friday the 13th" series.
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Richard Burgi wasn't cast as Sheriff Bracke until 12 hours before they needed to begin filming his character's scenes.
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Producer Michael Bay walked out in the movie premiere, stating that the movie featured too much sex.
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The title card of the movie isn't displayed until the end of the opening segment, nearly 25 minutes into the film, which is one of the longest prologues for a horror film ever.
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Adrienne King, star of the original 1980 film, was approached by producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller to do a cameo appearance during preproduction. A few days later, the producers called her back and told her they didn't want anyone from the original film to appear in the remake.
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With $42.2 mil, had the biggest opening weekend of a horror-remake beating out former record holder The Grudge (2004) ($39.1 mil).
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The first time Paramount has any association with the "Friday the 13th" series since 1989.
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One can see a wheelchair and a sweater in Jason's tunnels during the film if looking closely. The character Mark (Tom McBride) was a paraplegic who was killed by Jason in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) and Mrs. Voorhees wore the sweater in the original version of Friday the 13th (1980).
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Tommy Jarvis, a character that appeared in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) was at one point confirmed by producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes to be returning as Jason's nemesis.
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On hiatus from their show, both Jared Padalecki and his Supernatural (2005) co-star Jensen Ackles starred in two remakes of 80's slasher films, with Jared doing "Friday the 13th" and Jensen doing My Bloody Valentine (2009) respectively. Jared also starred in the 2005 remake of House of Wax (2005) before Supernatural aired.
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A follow up to 2009's Friday the 13th was slated for release on October 13, 2017, and was all set to go into production in a matter of weeks. But in February 2017 it was announced that paramount had pulled the plug on the project.
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Clay and Whitney's last name is Miller. This is a reference to Victor Miller, the creator of the Friday the 13th (1980) series.
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In this movie Jason wears both the legendary hockey mask and the burlap sac, although neither of those appeared in the original Friday the 13th (1980). The burlap sac was the first mask worn by Jason in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) and the hockey mask did not appear until the final third of Friday the 13th Part III (1982).
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According to co-writer Damian Shannon, the character of Jason Voorhees was re-envisioned as more territorial, like a hunter, someone who doesn't kill people at random but will defend his territory from anyone invading it, and this in the most horrible manner. Director Marcus Nispel similarly claims the film shows new aspects of Jason's personality. Derek Mears says his portrayal of Jason as a survivalist defending his territory is partially inspired by the character of John Rambo in First Blood (1982).
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Derek Mears is the eighth actor to portray the adult Jason Voorhees in the series, following Steve Dash, Warrington Gillete, Richard Brooker, Ted White, C.J. Graham, Kane Hodder and Ken Kirzinger. As of this movie, Hodder is the only actor to have portrayed the character more than once, with four films under his belt from 1988 to 2001.
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The film was released on Friday, February 13, 2009. It just so happens that February, March, and November all have a Friday the 13th in 2009.
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Despite the title, the date the events supposedly take place on, Friday the 13th, is only mentioned once. The date can be seen on a tear-away type calendar in the police station, as the officers leave to investigate towards the end of the movie.
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Unlike in the later films where Jason started to randomly appear out of thin air, the remake instead approached with the idea that he traveled via a series of underground tunnels. That concept was in Mark Wheaton's original script, but Mark Swift and Damian Shannon claimed to have never read Wheaton's script until the film was finished, having come up with the same idea about the tunnels on their own. As for the marijuana plant farm which Jason appears to use to lure teenagers into traps, apparently no writer can claim that as their own. According to Swift and Shannon, that was actually director Marcus Nispel's idea from early on in the development process, and it was their job to work it into the script.
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The first film in the series released by both New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures. Originally, Paramount owned the rights to the series after the original was released in 1980, but sold the rights to New Line Cinema in the early 1990s after poor box office returns of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989). New Line bought the rights to the characters of Jason Voorhees and Pamela Voorhees, the Crystal Lake name, and the trademark for the title "Friday the 13th". All footage from the first eight films and the remake rights for the first film remained the property of Paramount. New Line Cinema released Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2001) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003). When Platinum Dunes came aboard to develop the new film, they wanted the freedom to use scenarios and characters from the films still owned by Paramount. After a legal dispute, the companies decided to co-produce the 2009 film.
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Actress Willa Ford was given 10 days to learn how to wake board for her role.
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Victor Miller, the screenwriter of the original Friday the 13th (1980), said the script was written in such a way that it could be deemed a sequel as opposed to a remake, because that meant they could pay him less if the movie qualified as a "sequel". This explains why the plot of the film is more of an amalgamation of the first four films, as opposed to a re-telling of the original film. Miller took legal action, because he felt the script they showed him was more of a remake, but the story he came up with was condensed to the first few minutes of the film, he lost the battle, and was paid less. He was surprised later to see the film advertised as a remake.
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A sequel was announced by Platinum Dunes after the theatrical release of the movie, but after a year of no news where production stood on the sequel, producer Brad Fuller confirmed via his Twitter account the sequel had gone out of production.
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Screenwriters Mark Swift and Damian Shannon wanted Jason's body count in the film to be just 13 as an easter egg for fans. It was surprising how much work it was to kill thirteen people." Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter pulled off the "just 13 kills" thing as well, and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives writer/director Tom McLoughlin originally turned in a film featuring just 13 kills. Executive Producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. forced him to perform re-shoots to up the body count to 18.
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Although it's only been regarded as a remake of Friday the 13th (1980), it also combines story elements from Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) and Friday the 13th Part III (1982), along with several references to Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), and Jason X (2001).
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This is director Marcus Nispel's second remake of a classic horror film, in a resume of only four features. The first was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), which was also produced by the company Platinum Dunes.
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Released over the Presidents Day weekend in February 2009, Friday the 13th earned a stunning $40 million opening weekend, $43.5 million 4-Day Presidents Day opening. This remains among the biggest openings for a horror film, but while that's the good news the bad news is that no film which has made that much money its opening weekend has ever dropped as much Friday the 13th did in its second weekend. Return to the Blue Lagoon (80.8%), Bad Moon (81.5%), Gigli (81.9%), Slow Burn (84.7%), and Undiscovered (86.4%). Among those films, only Blue Lagoon and Gigli's opening weekends had even risen above $1 million. You have to drop down to #'s 22 (The Devil Inside) and 26 (The Purge) on the list to find films whose opening weekends had at least been above $30 million.
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This film is the first Friday The 13th film to use CGI weapons, like the machete, as some scenes were too risky to film with prop weapons that could break, and injure someone.
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Whereas this film was shot in Texas (mostly Austin), the original Friday the 13th (1980) was filmed in New Jersey (mostly Blairstown and Hope).
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The film's setting (New Jersey) is an homage to the original film being filmed in New Jersey.
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Scout Taylor-Compton auditioned for the role of 'Jenna' which eventually went to Danielle Panabaker.
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Interestingly, co-writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift were involved with both the conclusion of the old Friday The 13th series and the start of the new one. Indeed, their first produced script (this is their second) was that of Freddy vs. Jason (2003), the last installment in both the original Friday The 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street series (even though Jason X (2001) takes place later).
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Principal photography wrapped on Friday, June 13, 2008. Additionally, the American theatrical release date was Friday, February 13, 2009.
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Jonathan Liebesman, director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), which was also produced by Platinum Dunes, was once in negotiations to direct the film. Rather, Dunes decided to bring back Marcus Nispel who directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003).
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When approaching the film, one of the main questions director Marcus Nispel asked himself was what aspects of the Friday The 13th mythology would moviegoers want to see again and again. He was also concerned about giving the audience what they wanted, but not what they were expecting.
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Mark Wheaton's original pitch to New Line was to reboot the series with "a new Part V," ignoring the original "New Beginning" and everything that happened after while featuring a prologue showing Jason Voorhees witnessing the murder of his mother. The characters who come to Crystal Lake then know of Jason as they did in Friday the 13th Parts 2, 3-D, and IV, but Voorhees is not yet supernatural as he is beginning with Part VI (or is a demon worm, or has gone to space, etc.). To further suit the needs of a reboot, Wheaton had Voorhees in first the canvas bag as he was in Part 2 only to replace it with the hockey mask halfway through the film.
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The character of Sheriff Bracke, played by Richard Burgi, is named after author Peter M. Bracke, who wrote the book "Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th".
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Travis Van Winkle plays a character named Trent, the same name as his character Trent DeMarco from Transformers (2007) which was directed by Michael Bay. According to Bay himself, this is the same character, revealing that both this movie and that franchise occur in the same universe.
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When exploring the (supposed) Voorhees house the comment of the items being 'from another century' is made, as the original film was 1980 and this sequel is 2009 it is technically true that the items are from another century.
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Producer Brad Fuller believes the reason that the Friday The 13th movies have become so iconic and have terrified audiences so is that many of the people who seen the films have themselves been to holiday camps such as the fictitious Camp Crystal Lake, or have at least already gone camping.
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Jason's most notable nemesis, Tommy Jarvis, didn't come around until Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, but he got to stick around for 3 films and was never killed off. So, Mark Swift and Damian Shannan's Freddy Vs. Jason script included Tommy as a significant player in the film's climax, but it was cut out prior to casting or filming by David S. Goyer and director Ronny Yu. In early 2007, Platinum Dunes producers let it slip that they were talking about using Tommy as a major character.
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The film takes place on June 13, 1980 and in 2009.
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Effects artist Scott Stoddard created Jason's look, and describes Jason's face as a combination of Carl Fullerton's design for Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) and Tom Savini's design for Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984). Stoddard's vision of Jason included hair loss, skin rashes, and the traditional deformities in his face. Stoddard tried to craft Jason's look so it would allow more human side of the character to be seen. Mears was required to wear full body make-up from the chest upwards while performing as Jason. The actor wore a chest plate with fake skin that would adjust to his muscle movements. He wore a hump on his back to give the impression that Jason had scoliosis. A prosthetic eye was glued to Mears' face to show realistic eye movements. Stoddard initially spent 3 and 1/2 hours applying the make-up to Mears' head and torso. He was eventually able to reduce the required time to just over an hour for scenes in which Mears wore the hockey mask. For scenes in which Jason's face is revealed, it took approximately 4 hours to apply the make-up.
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In an earlier scene, a reference was made toward director David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986). The argument that Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is better than Heineken, was a quote by Dennis Hopper's character (Frank Booth) toward Kyle MacLachlan's character (Jeffrey Beaumont): Frank: "What kind of beer do you like?". Jeffrey: "Heineken". Frank: "Heineken? Fuck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!"
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Ben Feldman was born when the original Friday the 13th (1980) came out, Willa Ford, Arlen Escarpeta and Ryan Hansen were born when Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) came out, Jared Padalecki and Travis Van Winkle were born when Friday the 13th Part III (1982) came out, and Danielle Panabaker and Julianna Guillermo were both born in the year 1987 when Nightmare on Elm Street III: The Dream Warriors (1987) came out, six years earlier Jason battled it out with Freddy in, Freddy Vs. Jason (2003).
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Samuel Bayer turned down the offer to direct.
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Clays motorcycle is a, 1995 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Standard.
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Ben Feldman (Richie) and Jonathan Sadowski (Wade) were already good friends prior to filming and were cast because of their natural rapport. They also convinced their friend Aaron Yoo (Chewie) to accept a role, even though he was reluctant.
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Marks the first time Paramount Pictures had anything to do with Friday the 13th since Jason Takes Manhattan in 1989 and the end of Friday the 13th: The Series in 1990.
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Since Derek Mears is a really, really nice guy in reality, the filmmakers were initially reluctant to cast him as Jason.
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It shares screenwriters with Freddy Vs. Jason, who had previously turned down the chance to do a Freddy Vs. Jason sequel. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift

As a result of the legal delays, Friday the 13th lost its original director (Jonathan Liebesman) and screenwriter (Mark Wheaton). Freddy Vs. Jason writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, who had earned their first writing credit with Freddy Vs. Jason but had yet to get another script onto the screen, were brought in to replace Wheaton. Both grew up huge Jason/Freddy fans, but their Freddy Vs. Jason script was largely re-written by David S. Goyer, who went uncredited, and the far campier film that came out of that was not to their liking. Still, New Line actually offered them the chance to pitch ideas for a Freddy Vs. Jason 2, which they turned down, according to Shannon, because "we thought maybe somebody else should tackle it because we shot our wad so to speak. Every idea we had about that was in the first. I don't know what we could have done with a second one."
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This film was New Line Cinema's first traditional co-production with another major studio, in which one studio distributed in the United States and Canada, and the other in all other countries.
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Aaron Yoo actually won the role of "Chewie" very close to shooting. Up until then, one of the top choices to play him was David Blue.
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Two films producer Michael Bay recommended to screenwriter Mark Wheaton to watch as "inspiration" were the 1974 TV-movie "Bad Ronald" and Rolf de Heer's controversial 1993 film, "Bad Boy Bubby."
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Warner Bros. (through its New Line Cinema label) distributed this film in North America while Paramount distributed the film in most all other territories. The 1980 original was distributed by Paramount in North America, with international distribution being handled by Warner Bros.
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Israeli actress Moran Atias was originally cast but had to be replaced early into filming.
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In 2005, before Platinum Dunes took control of rebooting the property, several outlets reported that Quentin Tarantino was set to write and direct a Friday the 13th film with the working title "The Ultimate Jason Voorhees Movie." Days later, Tarantino denied the claims, saying he had merely talked to New Line about the possibility.
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Brendan Fletcher, Katharine Isabelle, Tom Butler and Jesse Hutch all appeared in the Superman-inspired series, Smallville.
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John Moore was considered for the directing job at early stages of production.
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Trent drives a, 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV [GMT936].
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Jennifer Sciole auditioned for a lead role.
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Screenwriters Mark Swift and Damian Shannon wanted Jason's body count in the film to be just 13 as an Easter egg for fans. It was surprising how much work it was to kill thirteen people." Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter pulled off the "just 13 kills" thing as well, and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives writer/director Tom McLoughlin originally turned in a film featuring just 13 kills. Executive Producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. forced him to perform re-shoots to up the body count to 18.
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Jared padalecki, Danielle Panabaker and Derek Mears appeared on padalecki as the one of the two main protagonists on Supernatural (2005) and Panabaker and Mears on the Flash (2014) Panabaker as one of the main characters, Caitlin Snow and Mears as Dwarfstar in season 4.
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Julianna Guill is married to a Chinese man Matthew See.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

After Chelsea is stranded in the lake and sees Jason waiting for her at shore, she was originally supposed to drown due to exhaustion as Jason waited her out from the shore of the lake. In the final film she is stabbed in the head from underneath the bridge while trying to hide.
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Body count 14 (13 of which are killed by Jason).
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The script originally had Jenna dying later on in the film than she did in the final cut. In the finished film, Jenna is killed as Clay and Whitney are pulling her out of Jason's lair. Originally, Jenna would have hidden from Jason in the abandoned bus with Clay and Whitney after escaping from his lair, exchanged dialogue with Clay about doing something more romantic on their next date and she then would have been killed by Jason with a fire extinguisher.
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After Aaron Yoo's character Chewie is killed, his body is hung upside down from the shed's rafter. As he is dangling lifelessly, you can visibly see Yoo's scar on his abdomen. In real life Yoo had his appendix removed and that director Marcus Nispel wanted that scene to be filmed promptly as Yoo was still recovering from surgery.
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The character Richie was one of a few characters to have CGI effects added into his death. Derek Mears (Jason) was holding only the handle with half the blade of the fake machete, making it look like it impaled Richie's (Ben Feldman's) head. The visual effects crew digitally superimposed the fake machete to look like it was a completely bladed weapon in the final film. Director Marcus Nispel usually allowed minimal use of CGI effects into his films.
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In the script, Jenna actually escapes with Clay and Whitney, enjoying a long enough moment of peace while they hide that she would make a joke about hoping her second date with Clay went much better. Jason would then show up to kill her via a fire extinguisher. They didn't have enough budget left to do that, though.
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The blonde camp counselor that is in the opening scene with Pamela Voorhees is unnamed, only named in the credits as a "Camp Counselor." She is based on Alice Hardy, the sole survivor from the original film Friday the 13th (1980). Both even kill Pamela by decapitating her with a machete.
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The scene in which Chelsea is hit by a speedboat uses digitally altered composite shots. This is because the scene would be too dangerous for even a stuntperson to perform, Asylum digitally combined footage of Willa Ford reacting to an imaginary boat that runs over her with shots of the actual boat to create the effect.
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Throughout the franchise Jason kills 199 people the most of any horror film.
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Mike and Whitney discovering an abandoned cabin with a shrine containing Pamela's decapitated head is a reference to Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), which featured a similar scene.
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Asylum ceated CGI weapons for various death scenes. In the scene in which Nolan is killed suddenly by a shot in the head from Jason's arrow, Asylum created the arrow in post-production. Another scene involved Jason hurling a hatchet at Lawrence as he runs away, striking him in the back. The shot of a hatchet flying through the air--in one instance appearing in the same frame as the actor--would be too difficult to achieve practically. Asylum rendered a complete 3D model of the hatchet then inserted the model into the frames leading up to the frame in which it hits the character in the back. One of the final images added by Asylum was for Trent's death scene. Here, Asylum digitally created a metal spike that bursts through Trent's chest as Jason slams him onto the back of a tow truck.
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