Well…this would be a killer pairing.
We love a good crossover, and it appears that the horror community unknowingly got a major one between slasher icons Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers back in 1978…well, sort of.
Before we officially reveal how this killer crossover happened, let’s take it back to 1978 when John Carpenter was making one of the most influential horror films of our time, Halloween.
Carpenter couldn’t have known he was making one of the biggest horror movie franchises when he was shooting his low-budget film on a babysitter murderer, and he certainly couldn’t have known he’d also have another horror movie legend working on his set: Robert Englund.
Englund would later go on to become one of the creepiest and most humorous of the slashers, Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise. But before he was the finger-knife killer, he was walking around California with bags full of dead leaves.
That’s right, according to an interview Englund did with Access Live (per comicbook.com), he was responsible for helping Carpenter and his crew make Pasadena California look like something out of a Midwestern fall.
“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,” Englund said. “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.”
Yeah, we still can’t get over so many horror movie legends worked on one set together without knowing what they would eventually become.
But, this isn’t the first time Englund has had a major hand in help make movie history, just ask Mark Hamill.
When Hamill landed the gig as Luke Skywalker, nobody could have imagined the major impact that this moment would have on us all. With five, and counting, movies under his belt, we couldn’t imagine Luke being played by anyone other than Hamill, and we can thank Englund for that.
According to Hamill in an interview with Sway’s Universe, Hamill explained that Englund actually mentioned that Star Wars was in the process of casting and that Hamill should consider checking it out:
“We were hanging out at the time and, in Hollywood, you don’t tell your friends about a role until you’ve been rejected yourself,” Hamill said. “So he went on, I think he went out for Han Solo, and he said, ‘Hey, there’s this movie called Star Wars, George Lucas is doing it.’ I knew him from American Graffiti. He said, ‘You really should check it out.’”
While Englund has credited himself for making the auditions known, Hamill did mention that Englund wasn’t the only person responsible for letting him know the role was open.
“He’s written about it in his books, and I love Robert but, the thing is, my agent, when I called her, she said, ‘I already have an audition for you set up,’” Hamill said. “Gary Busey told me about it, because I was working with him, he was playing my older brother. I heard it from like five or six different people, but I don’t want to take it away from Robert because that’s his thing, you know?”
Who knew Englund was so influential behind the scenes of the camera too?
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