Not yet a horror icon back in 1978, a young Robert Englund did already have a handful of roles under his belt, notably playing the character Buck in Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive. And as it turns out, just six years before he truly arrived on the scene as Freddy Krueger, Englund actually worked on the set of another iconic slasher classic: John Carpenter’s 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,” Englund told the show’s hosts. “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.”
This is a pretty wild story, as it’s one I’ve personally never heard before. A young Englund on the set of Halloween, before making it big as his own franchise icon. Crazy, eh?!