DID YOU KNOW?
1. This film has one of the longest pre-credit sequences in cinematic history, nearly 15 minutes in some versions.
2. The killer in this film is dressed to look exactly the same as the killer from 'The Town That Dreaded Sundown' (1976).
3. 48 seconds were cut by the MPAA, otherwise it would have been rated X.
4. A shot of the infamous double-impalement was cut to avoid an "X" rating, yet a still of this censored shot appears on the back of the video box. This shot was also an homage to the film 'Twitch Of The Death Nerve' (1971).
5. The lead character Ginny Field was named after Virginia Field, who was the production designer on the first two 'Friday The 13th' films.
6. Throughout the final scene, the mummified head of Mrs. Voorhees is noticeably an actress wearing makeup (Connie Hogan) rather than a fake head. The final shot is a close-up of the head, ending in a freeze frame before the credits roll. Originally, this shot ended with Mrs. Voorhees opening her eyes and smiling, but at the last minute, Steve Miner decided this effect was hokey and cheapened the movie's impact.
7. During the climactic fight between Jason and Ginny in the cabin, Jason raises the pick to block Ginny's machete swing. Amy Steel said that during the first take, the timing was wrong and she accidentally hit Steve Dash's finger, causing him to have to go to the emergency room. After his finger was stitched up, he returned to set that night and insisted they complete the scene.
8. Warrington Gillette received the screen credit for the role of Jason Voorhees; However, he only played Jason unmasked. Steve Dash played Jason Voorhees for almost all of the major scenes.
9. Walt Gorney, who played Crazy Ralph, was seen many times walking around the set talking to himself. It's possible he did this just to get more into character.
10. In the scene when Jason crashes into the window and grabs Ginny, the actor, Warrington Gillette was actually hurt. He tried to break into the window, only it didn't break, and he ended up banging his head really hard on the glass.
11. Tom Savini was asked to work on the film, but declined because he was already working on another project ('Midnight') at that time.
12. The reason the audience never finds out what happened to the character Paul is because the actor, John Furey, quit before they were finished filming due to a rumored money dispute. At a recent convention, John Furey said it was "up to the fans" to decide, which basically confirms the rumor is true.
13. When Adrienne King was asked to return as Alice, she said that she wanted to be on screen for a short period of time because there was an obsessive fan who was stalking her and broke into her apartment. At the time, she feared for her life.
14. The first Jason scene in the movie is a shot of Jason's legs walking across the street toward Alice's house. This is the only time in the series Jason was played by a woman. Jason's legs belonged to Ellen Lutter, the film's costume designer.
15. During filming, the actors stayed in the cabins of Camp Kenmont in Connecticut while they were on set. There resulted in many pranks being played, including one where John Furey, Bill Randolph and Russell Todd came to Lauren-Marie Taylor's cabin and scratched on her screen window, causing her to hyperventilate and faint.
16. Victor Miller questions how Jason could come back, since in his script for the original film, Jason had been dead and gone since drowning in 1957. That's the magic of Hollywood, folks.
17. The working title of the film was simply, 'Jason'.
18. Actress Adrienne King (Alice) was initially approaching for the lead role in the film. However, unbeknownst to her, her agent asked for too much money, and she was simply given a cameo. In addition, she was never given a script for her role. Everything she did was improvised on the spot.
19. During one of the outtakes of her death scene, Adrienne King (Alice) was actually hurt. Instead of using a prop icepick, a REAL one was used instead. Ouch!
20. Both Warrington Gillette (Unmasked Jason) and Stu Charno (Ted) originally auditioned for the role of Paul, but were given the other roles instead.
21. Makeup effects legend Stan Winston was originally attached to do the effects for the film, but had to drop out, and the job instead went to his protege, Carl Fullerton.
22. Deputy Winslow (Jack Marks) did not have a name in the film. It was later, when the novelization came out, that he then noticed his policeman character was named Winslow.
23. During production, the pay phone used by Jeff and Sandra was fake. However, that didn't stop several people passing through, who attempted to use it, thinking it was real. This brought a chuckle to many of the cast and crew present at the time.
24. For the scene Vicki (Lauren-Marie Taylor) is dragged down the stairs as Ginny and Paul arrive back at camp, the real actress was actually dragged down the stairs by a crew member.
25. The name of the casino where the counselors go for their "one last night on the town" was 'Lake Waramaug Casino'. It later burned down a year after production of the film.
26. At the end of the casino scene, when Ginny and Paul exit into the rain, there is a person shown running into the casino with a jacket over their head. That person was actually Bill Randolph (Jeff), who lobbied the producers to get back into the film after his death scene.
27. The scene where Deputy Winslow chases Jason through the woods, the actor (Jack Marks) actually ran face-first into a tree.
28. When production was completed, the cast and crew left a present at camp for owner Lloyd Albin. When he got to camp to clean up, he found a fake severed head hanging from a tree, and the 'Camp Crystal Lake' sign that Sandra found along the road. Lloyd still claims to have these items to this day.
29. Foreman Minor Ohman, who was the lucky crew member who got to serve as 'towel boy' as Terry (Kirsten Baker) emerged from her night swim naked, actually got in trouble with his wife a few days later. Ohman, who lived nearby, was out mowing his front lawn, when Kirsten Baker came jogging by. Recognizing him and wanting to thank him for his professionalism, she ran over and gave him a big hug and kiss. Unbeknownst to either of them, Minor's wife was watching from the kitchen window.
30. In the novelization of the film, there was an entire subplot cut out between Ted and the bartender at the casino, who was named Maggie. It was later implied that Ted had hooked up with Maggie and went back to her place, hence explaining why he never comes back to camp. Would have been nice if they actually included that in the film.
31. Also in the novelization, there were several scenes that showed things from Jason's point of view and dug into his mind a little bit. It explained that Jason emerged from the lake and actually was roaming the camp looking for his mother when he saw Alice kill her. From that point on, he lived off the land and built his own cabin out of the remnants of some of the other cabins, which supposedly burnt down after the events of the original film.
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