* HollywoodHomely: Enforced. Lisa Wilcox was initially passed over as Alice because she was considered too good-looking for the role, so she intentionally made herself look less flattering.
* TheOtherDarrin: Patricia Arquette, who played Kristen in the previous film, gets replaced by Tuesday Knight in this one. Depending on who you ask, either Arquette was pregnant, she asked for too much money, or director Creator/RennyHarlin just didn't like her.
** One of the early concepts for the film was something involving "traveling through dreams".
** Tibor Takács (''Film/TheGate'') was offered to direct the film.
** Ellie Cornel (who played Rachel in ''[[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers Halloween 4]]'' and ''[[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers 5]]'') auditioned for the role of Alice.
** In one of the earlier drafts of the film, Rick and Alice were twins, and Rick [[spoiler:was supposed to live]].
** Music/DJJazzyJeffAndTheFreshPrince's song "A Nightmare On My Street" was recorded for the film, but was rejected by the producers. Creator/WillSmith and Jazzy Jeff released it anyway on their album ''He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper'' and as a single, reaching #12 on the Billboard ''Hot 100''. [[ScrewedByTheLawyers A messy legal battle with New Line Cinema over the song's release]] (the single being released the same time the movie was) forced the duo to destroy the tapes of a music video for the single and disclaimers disassociating the song from the ''Elm Street'' franchise were hastily added onto vinyl pressings of the single.