- Ability over Appearance: Originally, Joey B and Shelby were male and female respectively. After Rusty Schwimmer's audition for Joey put the filmmakers into hysterics, they cast her and retooled the characters.
- Cameo Prop:
- Channel Hop: The first film in the series to be produced by New Line Cinema, who would hold the rights until the 2009 reboot.
- Creator Backlash:
- Erin Gray, who played Diana Voorhees was reportedly disgusted by the scene where the Jason worm slides into her vagina before hes reborn, angered that they shot the scene without her acknowledgement or permission.
- Producer Sean S. Cunningham has spoken out against the film in recent years, citing the body hopping plot as a terrible idea that strayed too far from the series, but stuck with it at the time because he felt that fans didnt want to see another Jason hack & slash film again. He was wrong. He also admitted that it was a bad idea to allow the young and extremely inexperienced Adam Marcus to direct the film.
- Creator Killer:
- Jason Goes to Hell effectively killed the career of director Adam Marcus before it had even started. Marcus, who was only 23 at the time, wouldn't direct another film for over six years, and wouldn't be allowed anywhere near a high-profile franchise until Texas Chainsaw 3D twenty years later.
- Aside from two straight-to-video films and a producer's credit on the 2009 remake of The Last House on the Left Sean S. Cunningham hasn't done much outside of the Friday the 13th franchise since this movie.
- Covers Always Lie: That strange metallic mask on the poster is not in the movie; Jason, when in his own body, still wears his familiar old one.
- Dear Negative Reader: A less aggressive example as even Adam Marcus is aware of the controversial opinions regarding his film, but on some occasions he has responded to those who hated the movie by saying that theres 8 other movies that do the exact same thing and that they can go and watch those over bitching about Jason Goes to Hell.
- Executive Meddling: Reports from the set and interviews with cast and crew suggest that producer Sean S. Cunningham held a great deal of leeway on-set and over first-time director Adam Marcus, effectively ghost directing large portions of the film and even taking over post-production.
- Flip-Flop of God: Over who came up with the body hopping plot. Adam Marcus states that it was Sean Cunninghams idea to "get rid of that damn hockey mask" and to make it feel less like the past 7 sequels. Meanwhile, Sean Cunningham claims that Adam Marcus is a liar and that it was his idea to change up the status quo, as he felt fans didnt want another standard Jason sequel.
- Franchise Killer: While the failure of the previous film had already caused Paramount to flog the franchise off to New Line Cinema, this film finished the job and threw the series into a hiatus that lasted for nearly a decade.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes:
- An incredibly odd example. Despite the Unrated Cut being available on previous LaserDisc, VHS and even DVD releases, the official HD and Blu-ray release has omitted it in favor of the more tame R-Rated Cut.
- The Blu-ray itself, along with Jason X are only available on the out of print complete collection box set and hasnt seen a standalone release in the US. The only way to get it is through the (already hard to find) region free release from Austria.
- Orphaned Reference: At one point, Duke asks Jason if he remembers him, implying the two have a history together. That's because in an early script, Duke's girlfriend was killed by Jason, and the reason he knows so much about him is because he wanted revenge.
- Troubled Production: Between director Adam Marcus' inexperience and producer Sean S. Cunningham's desire to make the film solely as a vehicle to set up Freddy vs. Jason, the film's production doesn't seem particularly pleasant.
- What Could Have Been:
- Original idea for a ninth Friday the 13th film was about Jason going to LA and being an Outside-Genre Foe for two rival street gangs who unite their forces to stop him.
- The character of Elias Voorhees was supposed to appear, either as Jason's father or brother.
- There was going to be a disturbing flashback revealing that Jason and his mother had an incestuous relationship.
- John McTiernan was asked to direct.
- There were plans for a spin-off with Creighton Duke who would reveal that he actually survived his encounter with Jason.
- You Look Familiar: John D. LeMay had played a different character in Friday the 13th: The Series, although that had nothing to do with the movies aside from the title.
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