How the Original A Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween are Connected
The original A Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween are two of the most iconic horror films in the history of cinema. But what you might not know is that the two films have a very special connection: 1428 N. Genessee Avenue.
While the house is known for its place on Elm Street, only the exterior was used in the films. But, the interior was used prior to Nightmare ever having been put into production in Halloween.
Sean Clark, agent and host of the show Horror’s Hallowed Grounds, posted on Facebook about the link between films:
“Someone was asking how I found out that Nancy’s house from A Nightmare on Elm Street was first used in the extended TV version of Halloween and was questioning if I was correct or not because it didn’t look like the same living room in the Elm Street film. Yes it is different from the living room seen in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street but that is because the interiors of the Elm Street house was a set. The only time you see the real inside of the Elm Street house in the film are a few shots of Nancy looking out her bedroom window. That same room was also used in the TV version of Halloween. It’s in Nancy’s room where Annie is making the phone call to Laurie ironically from inside the same house. That’s Carpenter getting full usage out of that one location. Here are some pics to better show this. I visited the house when it was for sale and had an open house in 2006. At the time I didn’t realize it was used in Halloween. So I was just taking random photos trying to document everything because I didn’t know if I’d ever get inside again. Later after I had visited I was watching the TV version of Halloween and noticed this big rocking horse in the living room Laurie passes when she comes down stairs. It looked so familiar to me and I knew I had seen it before. Then it hit me. I looked at the photos I had taken and sure enough there was that same rocking horse in the living room. The I noticed everything else matched up to from the stairs to the windows and specifically the window over the front door which you can see from the outside too. The woman who bought the house in 2007 and is featured in my HHG episode on A Nightmare on Elm Street completely gutted the inside and made it very modern. There is zero trace of the how it used to look from the inside.”
Photos courtesy of Sean Clark.
But that’s not all. Earlier this week Robert Englund in an interview with Access Live mentioned that he worked on the original Halloween.
“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.”
We never got a Freddy vs Michael but this is one heck of a crossover.