* ExecutiveMeddling: The film was originally intended to open close to Halloween, but Creator/{{Universal}} insisted on opening on July 19, 1996 (against Creator/PeterJackson's wishes) as they didn't have anything opening that month. The choice of date (less than three weeks after ''Film/IndependenceDay'' opened, combined with the Atlanta Summer Olympics starting that day) was considered by Jackson the main reason why the film flopped at the box office.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The movie was originally going to be a ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' feature, but the producers thought the script was strong enough to stand on its own.
** A whole character, the Gatekeeper, was deleted from the movie. He was supposed to be a 6-foot cherub and function as a sidekick to Creator/RLeeErmey's Hiles, but all remnants of him was removed completely from the movie when it was realized that his character, besides being superfluous, didn't really make a lick of sense within the universe of the movie.
** There were a few different ideas for the GrimReaper's special effects. They considered doing things like using a puppet or putting a person in a cloak and filming them at a different speed, but couldn't get a satisfying result, so they just went with CGI. [[TropesAreTools The CGI does help to make the Reaper seem much more alien and frightening]].
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