* DolledUpInstallment: The film apparently started life as an unrelated horror script, and got turned into the second ''Elm Street'' film when the producers wanted a quick sequel, but were hampered by Creator/WesCraven being unwilling to return.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/RobertEnglund almost didn't reprise his role as Freddy, because New Line Cinema refused to give him a pay rise. They rehired him when the guy who replaced him proved to be absolutely lifeless in his movements (he can briefly be seen as Freddy in the shower scene).
** Creator/BradPitt, John Stamos and Creator/ChristianSlater all auditioned for the role of Jesse Walsh.
** The exploding parakeet's designer had initially made a demonic version of it for the scene.