Synopsis: Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager. Now, only she can stop him.
The first 3 films in the series each featured a new protagonist; then the next 3 sequels centralized the character of Tommy Jarvis. This film was subtitled "The New Blood" with the intention of Tina becoming a protagonist who would recur in further sequels, though that idea was shelved.
The film takes place on October 13, 1991 and in September 2001.
This film was originally intended to bring Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger together onscreen for the first time. However, when Paramount Pictures (at the time held the rights to the "Friday the 13th" series) and New Line Cinema (holds the rights to the "Nightmare On Elm Street" series) couldn't agree behind the scenes, the script was rewritten to pit Jason up against the telekinetic Tina Shepard instead.
During filming, Kane HodderKane Hodder's dressing room was a quarter of a mile down a dirt road. One night filming ended at 2 a.m. and while still in the Jason costume he decided to walk through the woods on a path to his dressing room. As he was walking someone approached him and asked if he was with the movie. He didn't reply, because he thought it was a pretty stupid question to ask, as he was standing there in full Jason costume. When the man asked again, Kane took a little lunge at him and grunted. The guy took off, tripping and running. The next day director John Carl BuechlerJohn Carl Buechler told Kane that the local sheriff was supposed to stop by, but he never showed.
According to Kane HodderKane Hodder at Monster Mania, the mannequin in the sleeping bag weighed 95 lbs.