Halloween | 1978
John Carpenter’s 1978 original, and best, stalk’n’slash, with more scary stalking than gratuitous slashing, is set in the fictitious Illinois suburb of ‘Haddonfield’ (producer Debra Hill grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey), the movie blends locales in Hollywood and South Pasadena into one neighbourhood.
The house of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is in South Pasadena, on Oxley Street at the corner of Fairview Avenue, South Pasadena.
‘Haddonfield High’ is South Pasadena High School, Lyndon Street at Fremont Avenue. The school has found screen fame again, with its gym appearing Greta Gerwig's acclaimed Lady Bird.
'Haddonfield Cemetery' is Pioneer Cemetery, 553 East Sierra Madre Boulevard, in Sierra Madre, a few miles east of Pasadena.
‘Nichol’s Hardware Store’, robbed by Michael Myers (“just some rope, a knife and a Halloween mask... must be kids”) was The Frame Shop. The property has been through various incarnations over the years but currently houses Indian restaurant Radhika, 966 Mission Street at Meridian Avenue in South Pasadena.
And on the opposite corner of Meridian is Century House, 1000 Mission Street, the now-bright-and-renovated Myers house. If the angle of the house looks a little odd, that’s because the entire building was moved from its former position around the corner at 707 Meridian Avenue.
The Doyle and Wallace houses can be found in Hollywood, on the 1500 block of Orange Grove Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Selma Avenue. The Doyle house, where Laurie babysits, is 1530 Orange Grove Avenue, and the Wallace house, scene of the murders, is across the street at 1537 Orange Grove Avenue.
• Many thanks to Peter Paulsen for help with this section.