1. Right before Debbie is killed, she picks up a copy of 'Fangoria' and turns to an article about Tom Savini, the man responsible for all the gore in some of the 'Friday The 13th' films.

2. Not including the scenes from Part 2, this is the only 'Friday The 13th' film when none of the characters actually say the name Jason.

3. This was the first 'Friday The 13th' film to use the hockey mask, which has been Jason's trademark in every sequel since.

4. Director Steve Miner makes a cameo appearance as a newscaster. This is his homage to Alfred Hitchcock, who used to make cameos in his films as well.

5. Dana Kimmell frequently asked Frank Mancuso, Jr. to remove some of the gore and nudity that the original script included, but he didn't.

6. Three scenes in this film are identical or are like the scenes in the original 'Friday The 13th':

* Debbie sees drops of blood falling from above she looks up and a knife goes through her throat. This scene is much like Kevin Bacon's scene in the first film.
* After Chris thinks she has killed Jason, she goes to sleep in a canoe on the lake much like Alice did in the first film.
* When Chris wakes up in the canoe, Mrs. Voorhees comes out of the water and drags her under much like what Jason did to Alice.

7. Richard Brooker was chosen as Jason simply because Steve Miner needed a big man for the role. Being tall at 6'3", but not that bulky, Brooker wore foam padding under his clothes and did all his own stunts.

8. The 3-D version contains a title card not seen in 2-D home video releases (for obvious reasons). After the Paramount Pictures logo fades out, the card reads "Ladies and gentlemen: The first few minutes of this picture are not in 3-D. However, you will need the special 3-D glasses." The film then continues as normal with the recap of the ending of Part 2, presented in 2-D. The 3-D begins with the shot of Jason removing the machete from his shoulder.

9. Larry Zerner was cast as Shelly in this movie when the producers spotted him handing out fliers for a horror movie and asked him if he'd want to star in one himself.

10. 'The Royal' independent movie theatre in Toronto, Canada, which closed in 2006, owned one of the few copies of the movie still in its original 3-D format. That has now changed since the release of the 3-D version on DVD and Blu-Ray. They used to screen the film every Halloween.

11. Dana Kimmell was offered the role of Chris because the producers liked her performance in 'Sweet Sixteen'. However, after the brutal murder of a friend of hers, Dana is now a born-again Christian and doesn't want to associate herself with horror movies, or the 'Friday The 13th' series because of the violence.

12. Michael Avallone was the first to write a novelization of this film, and then Simon Hawke who wrote the novelizations to Parts 1, 2 and 6, decided to write one.

13. The movie was written by Carol Watson and Martin Kitrosser, but a third writer, Petru Popescu, is listed on the novelization, but uncredited on the film.

14. There were a few different ways of making Rick's eye pop out. Their first idea was to have the eye pushed out with compressed air, but they couldn't control the direction of where the eye would pop out and go. The second idea was to shove the eye out of the foam head with a rod, but with the 3-D camera the rod was visible. The idea that they did use for the film, consisted of a fake body (pictured), they used a monofilament wire attached to the head and a sheet of plastic with a hole in the center between the two lenses for the eye to go through. Inside of the head there was a line of wire that when pulled would make the mouth open into a scream like pose and it would allow for the head to be crushed. The eyeball was ripped out of the head at the same time the wire was pulled, allowing for the head to crush and the eye to pop out as it did in the film.

15. There were actually three different endings for the film. One idea was of course the one which was used, where Chris falls asleep in the canoe and dreams the Mrs. Voorhees comes up from the water. The other idea was to have Ali live, and they leave with the cop together. And the last idea is where Chris dreams that Jason comes into the cabin and cuts her head off. As far as we know, this scene does not exist on film, only in photographs and the script.

16. Andy's original death scene consisted of a mechanical doll to be chopped in half. Instead, a foam dummy which was already split in half, was used hanging from the ceiling so when the machete hit it, it automatically split in half.

17. This film actually takes place the day after the events of Part 2, making it Saturday the 14th. While the beginning of the movie takes place on the evening of Saturday the 14th, when the store owner and his wife are killed, the majority of the movie takes place on the following day, making it Sunday the 15th.

18. The house, barn, and lake were all built on location. However, the man-made lake wasn't properly sealed, causing the water to drain into the soil during the first week of filming.

19. Although it appears sunny and warm, the film was shot during a January/February winter. Several night scenes were trimmed in order to conceal the actors' visible breath appearing on screen. This is most evident during the scene where Rick and Chris are talking about her past, lit only by the headlights of Rick's car.

20. In the original script, Rick's character was called Derek. It was changed to Rick as it was one less syllable and therefore easier for Dana Kimmell to scream.

21. During the store scene with Shelly and Vera, you can clearly see copies of 'Ghosts' #112 (May 1982) and a couple of issues of the 'Master Of Kung-Fu' series, featuring Fu Manchu's son Shang-Chi, published by MVL.

22. To prevent the film's plot from being leaked, the producers used the fake title 'Crystal Japan', after a David Bowie song. This began an on-again, off-again tradition of giving 'Friday The 13th' films David Bowie song titles during filming.

23. The character Chris Higgins ironically shares a very similar name with actor Chris Wiggins, who would go on to appear in the 'Friday The 13th' television series in 1987.

24. Paul Kratka originally auditioned for the role of Andy, but the filmmakers thought he would make a better Rick and was switched over to that role instead.

25. In the original script, Jason wore an umpire's mask. My, history would have been changed forever if that had been left intact.

26. Actor Richard Brooker (Jason) claims that director Steve Miner never gave him any direction for his motivation in the role. All he said was to be a "mindless killer", a "living version of Jaws".

27. Actor Richard Brooker (Jason) stated that his favorite kill was poking Rick's eye ball out.

28. At the Saugas Ranch in California, where a majority of the film was shot, they had several delays in production due to a bee infestation on the ranch.

29. The original house built for the film remained in place for many years, but sadly, burned down a few years ago. The barn is now all that remains from the set.

30. This film was the first movie that used the 'Marks 3-Depix' system, an innovation of its time.

31. The expensive lumacrane Paramount purchased for the film actually fell over on the first take, and ended up annoying a lot of the cast and crew before all was said and done.

32. The first 3-D shot filmed was Shelly and Vera's store scene. This was done as a test of the 3-D equipment at the Spunky Canyon Market in Green Valley, California.

33. Because of some 3-D technical issues, several extra takes were required for most of the gag scenes, including the yo-yo and wallet scenes.

34. Edna's knitting needle death featured a plastic extension of the actual needle, which wrapped around the non-camera side of her face and made it appear to pop out of her mouth.

35. The band 'Nilbog' actually plays a live version of the movie's theme song at their concerts every Halloween.

36. The juggling scene with Shelly and Andy actually featured ping pong balls originally, but the actors had a hard time juggling them in the direction of the camera, so they settled on the fruit.

37. None of the producers really know who came up with the idea to put the hockey mask on Jason, but crew members Peter Schader, Martin Jay Sadoff and Martin Becker were huge Buffalo Sabres' hockey fans, so the guess was one of them. Martin Jay Sadoff later said that the mask was used only for a makeup test, but someone at Paramount liked the idea and stuck with it.

38. Before the producers settled on the hockey mask, makeup effects legend Stan Winston designed a latex mask for Jason's face, but it was never used.

39. When the film was released in theaters in 1982, it knocked Steven Spielberg's box-office juggernaut 'E.T.' from the top spot.

40. After completing this film, producer Frank Mancuso vowed he would never produce another 'Friday The 13th' movie. In fact, he had the entire crew so convinced it was the last one, that a cake bearing the words 'Happy Death Day, Jason' was featured at the wrap party.

41. Actress Tracie Savage (Debbie) was headed to college at the time this film was being made, and her agent, who was also her mother, convinced her to take the role.

42. There were a number of differences in each novel when compared to the film. They include:


*Chris' van was red, not blue.
*Chris had blonde hair, not brown.
*The character Rick was actually named Derek.
*The character of Loco was African-American.
*Chuck and Chili were into more than just marijuana. They snorted cocaine on several occasions and had other drugs on hand as well. They were also much younger than portrayed in the film.
*Vera was much colder toward Shelly in this version. She never even gave him the time of day and made his rejection that much worse.
*The mask Jason took from Shelly was actually his hard plastic mask from the beginning of the film, and NOT the hockey mask!
*When Vera and Shelly are in town, and Debbie and Chris are out jogging in the woods and decide to have their talk. At the same time, while they are away, Andy is back at the house working out and Chuck and Chili were snorting cocaine.
*Before Vera drops Shelly's wallet, she finds one of Debbie's bras floating in the lake, causing her to drop the wallet into the water. She actually dives into the water after it and after retrieving it, sees Jason on the dock and thinks it is Shelly, so she swims toward him. When she pops up out of the water on the dock, it is then that Jason shoots her with the speargun-- at close range!
*Andy's death was much more graphic. He was actually halved by the machete, and the two pieces of his body fell down the spiral staircase after he was killed.
*Before she is killed, Debbie reads the book "The Beast With The Red Hands" by Sidney Stuart, and not Fangoria magazine.
*After Jason kills Chuck and Chili, he laughs hysterically.
*On their hike back at the end, Rick and Chris run into Abel, the old man who had the rabbit eyes in the beginning. As they move on past him, he tells them, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil..."
*In addition to having his throat slit, Shelly's skull was split open as well.
*Jason blocked the door with a rolled up rug wedged against it, not a chair.
*It was Chili's body that swings down to scare Chris-- not Loco's.
*Chris finds the bodies of all three bikers in the barn, and Vera as well.
*Chris defeats Jason by beheading him with a sickle, not by the machete to the head.
*Mrs. Voorhees did not make a cameo appearance. Instead, Chris dreamt that she found body parts of her friends scattered all throughout the barn and goes hysterical. She then heads back to the house and opens the door, where Jason is waiting and beheads her with a machete.
*Old man Abel is arrested at the very end of the book, spouting off biblical references.


*There was a whole subplot that never made it to the screen. In it, police showed up at the counselor training center from Part 2 and went on a massive manhunt for Jason, who used his cunning, animalistic survival skills to evade police in the woods. He watched from a distance as they searched his cabin and removed all the bodies, including his mother's shrine. Enraged even further, he led police down the path of a river before circling back toward camp, where he ultimately encountered Harold and Edna, and then the teens at Higgins Haven.
*There was more of a backstory with Harold and Edna then simply being storeowners. They had been high school sweethearts, and Harold was a star quarterback. From there, he got drafted by the army instead of the NFL and served tours in West Germany and Vietnam, and apparently was afraid the entire time. Edna was described as being disgusted with Harold when he came back and used food as his escape from PTSD. This disgust shows well in the actual film, although it is never really explained in that much detail.
*When Edna is watching the news report about the murders from Part 2, she briefly recalls a visit from Pamela Voorhees made to their store, although it is never mentioned in the film.
*Chuck was deathly afraid of the dark, and the author explored that fear throughout the book. Not much of that translated to the film, however.
*Shelly's death was described in more vivid detail and happened in real-time. There was no cut away like they did in the movie.

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