Creator Backlash: A mild example; in the documentary Never Sleep Again, Wes Craven admitted that he "goes back and forth" on whether the change in Freddy's makeup design was a good idea, or if it would have been better to retain his classic look.
In Memoriam: The film is dedicated to the production designer Gregg Fonseca.
Real Life Writes the Plot: The earthquakes L.A. suffered were real, and struck the film during mid-production. Craven wove it into the plot.
Reality Subtext: Heather Langenkamp actually suffered a stalker in real life.
Craven wanted to have Johnny Depp appear in the film, but was too afraid to ask; after the film's release, Depp met with Craven and said he would have gladly made an appearance.
A scene was written wherein Freddy confronted Robert Englund, appearing as a spider or something similar, but plans for it got scrapped.
A scene in which Wes Craven, terrified of his own creation, has cut off his eyelids to stay awake (a la one unseen victim mentioned in Dream Warriors) was also scrapped, in part because Wes didn't think he was up to selling such a performance.