Actress Kerry Noonan later went on to audition for a film entitled "Birthday Bash", in which serial killer, "Ethan", goes against a girl with telekinetic powers. While auditioning, she asked the producers: "Hey, is this Friday the 13th? I was already in one of these!" She was correct, "Birthday Bash" being the fake working title for Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), and "Ethan" the pseudonym given to Jason in the scripts in order to protect the film from the press during pre-production.
Director Tom McLoughlin took home some props from the film, including Jason's tombstone - which sits outside his house, made to look like Jason is buried in his yard - and his casket, which sits in his garage. The DVD box set includes a scene in which he shows off these props at his home, and tells of how a city employee refused to enter his yard to read the meter because he thought a body was really buried there.
The original script contained material that alluded to Jason's father, which, to date, remains the closest the series has ever come to shedding some light on the mysterious character. In the script, Pamela's headstone is next to Jason's, a reference to the fact that someone paid to have Jason buried, explaining why he was not cremated as the Mayor said in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985).
There is a final scene in which Jason's father visits his son's grave, seemingly aware of the fact that Jason is not inside it. These scenes were never filmed, but made it into the film's novelization. The 2009 Deluxe Edition DVD uses storyboard art and voiceover work to complete the scene.
After becoming a born again Christian, John Shepherd, who starred as Tommy in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) did not want to reprise the role, and it went to Thom Mathews instead.
The blue pick-up truck which Tommy drives is the same truck that Pam drives in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985).
This film marks the only time in the series, other than prologues and flashbacks, that there are actually children at the summer camp.
The film made $19,472,057 with a budget of $3,000,000, marking the first time that a "Friday the 13th" installment did not gross over $20,000,000 and beginning the general decline in box office returns.
The scenes where Jason's neck is sliced by the propeller were shot in the director's parents' swimming pool.
The hands of Tommy opening Jason's casket are actually those of director, Tom McLoughlin.
Crew member Dan Bradley played Jason on the first day of shooting, which is why Jason's build in the paint ball scenes is different. This is also why Jason's eye color changes during the film. Paramount had seen the first day's rushes, and asked that Jason be recast - feeling that Bradley looked too bulky for the role - therefore Graham was given the part.
In order to keep the film's storyline a secret, the production was given the fake title "Aladdin Sane", both as a pun - "a lad insane", referencing the storyline of a mental patient pursued by a killer - and in keeping with the series' tradition of using David Bowie song/album titles as fake names.
The work print version of the film contains the sheriff's backbreaking death in its entirety.
The work print also includes an altered ending, removie the profanity Tommy spouts at Jason, and the ensuing fight between Tommy and Jason both above and below the lake's surface is longer.
In altered ending, the scene where Megan rescues Tommy and shoves the boat's propeller into Jason's neck, the shot of the gore spilling into the water is eliminated.
This is the last film in the series to feature the character of Tommy, the protagonist from the fourth film onwards. This is why the next sequel is subtitled "The New Blood".
Melanie Kinnaman, who starred as Pam in the previous installment, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), actually signed on to reprise her role for this film. However, the producers decided to go in a new direction for this film, which excluded Kinnaman's character.
The film was filmed at Camp Daniel Morgan, Covington, Georgia, a suburb around thirty minutes outside of Atlanta.
The first film in the series to be recorded in Ultra Stereo.
Additional death scenes were shot after the film was screened for test audiences: the death of Martin, who is not killed in Simon Hawke's novelization of the film, and the double impalement of Steven and Annette and, neither of whom are featured in the novelization. As well as this, Sissy's death was actually filmed, rather than just showing her being pulled out of the window and her head found later, as was originally in the film.
When Lizabeth is killed and her money and credit card are floating, the credit card reads: "American Excess", with the card holder's name listed as "Elizabeth Mott". Mott was the maiden name of Nancy McLoughlin, the actress who plays Lizabeth.
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)
R | 1h 26min | Horror, Thriller | 1 August 1986 (USA)
Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.
Director: Tom McLoughlin
Writer: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen