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Synopsis: Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too.

Reaction: There are some interesting ideas here, but the slasher format kind of obscures a lot of that. If you like slasher films, there's a lot here. If you don't, there's a lot here.

Personal Rating: 5/10

Ronny Yu => Director
Damian Shannon => Writer
Mark Swift => Writer
Graeme Revell => Composer
Alex Green => Frisell (Glowing Raver)
Alistair Abell => Officer Goodman
Brendan Fletcher => Mark Davis
Chris Gauthier => Shack
Chris Marquette => Charlie Linderman (as Christopher George Marquette)
David Kopp => Blake
Evangeline Lilly => School Student - Next to Locker (uncredited)
Garry Chalk => Sheriff Williams
Jason Ritter => Will Rollins
Jesse Hutch => Trey
Katharine Isabelle => Gibb
Kelly Rowland => Kia Waterson
Ken Kirzinger => Jason Voorhees
Kyle Labine => Bill Freeburg
Lochlyn Munro => Deputy Scott Stubbs
Monica Keena => Lori Campbell
Odessa Munroe => Heather
Oscar Gutiérrez => Jumper (uncredited)
Paula Shaw => Mrs. Pamela Voorhees (Jason's Mother)
Robert Englund => Freddy Krueger
Robert Shaye => Principal Shaye (as L.E. Moko)
Spencer Stump => Young Jason Voorhees
Tom Butler => Dr. Campbell
Zack Ward => Bobby Davis (Mark's Brother)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • 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.
  • The final film in which Robert Englund plays the role of Freddy Krueger.
  • Ronny Yu originally turned down the directing job because the script didn't indicate who won. He agreed to take the job when Robert Shaye told him he could make that decision himself.
  • 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. Nancy was also the one who suggested that Westin Hills prescribe Hypnocil to the patients.
  • The 25-million dollar budget of the film was the highest in [Friday the 13th] series.
  • The scene which featured Jason's bed kill was originally rejected by New Line studio executives, but writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon fought hard for filming it. They acted it out on the floor to convince director Ronny Yu. After he liked the idea, the scene was filmed and it turns out to be the biggest reaction of audience during the test screening.
  • While filming the scene in the fiery cabin where Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees confront each other, actor Ken Kirzinger (Jason) actually caught on fire. A stuntman for over twenty years, Kirzinger remained calm while stage hands rushed in with fire extinguishers to put him out. This incident is discussed in the DVD commentary for the film.
  • The bag placed over Jason's head in the Crystal Lake nightmare is a reference to the bag Jason wears in Friday the 13th Part 2 before he started wearing his trademark hockey mask.
  • Katharine Isabelle was quite upset with director 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 so [?] 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.
  • Ken Kirzinger had to undergo some dental work during filming, but it would have taken too much time to remove his makeup 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.
  • Peter Jackson was asked to direct.
  • Betsy Palmer, who played Jason's mother in previous [Friday The 13th] movies, was asked to reprise her role of Mrs. Pamela Voorhees, but turned it down because she felt the role was too small of a part for her.
  • [?] 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 hadn't felt he was right for the role.
  • Standing six feet, five inches (1.96 meters) tall, Ken Kirzinger is the tallest actor to date to play Jason Voorhees.