Even the most studied fans of the Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween movies are probably unaware of Robert Englund’s connection to both franchises. Everybody knows that Englund is synonymous with the Springwood Slasher aka Freddy Krueger, but the actor actually spent some time in Haddonfield on the set of John Carpenter’s Halloween in 1978, though very much behind the scenes—and only for a single day.
Here’s what he told Access Online:
“It’s so funny, I actually had a roommate, back when they did the original Halloween… the John Carpenter one. And he conned me into going to Pasadena one day, with garbage bags full of dead leaves. And we were working on the set of the original Halloween, throwing the dead leaves around. So it looked like Autumn… it looked like Fall back in the Midwest.”
Englund was able to reprise Freddy recently on an episode of the sitcom The Goldbergs.
While a new Nightmare on Elm Street movie remains elusive, a sequel to 1978’s Halloween has been slaying the box office since its release on October 19th. If you’ve yet to check it out for yourself, give the synopsis and trailer a look-see below.
It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, she’s ready for him.