Mystery photo

This one really should be easy. I’ll bet someone gets it in an hour or two.

This is a "what" question. What is this?

Michael Myers’ House

"Halloween" 1978

Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times

And in case you folks with Photo Shop are wondering, it has nothing to do with the plaque by the door:



This is an extremely well-known local landmark. People make pilgrimages to this house and have even posted video of it on YouTube. [Note:  I deleted an image borrowed from a "Halloween" fan website. I would link to it, but the site has a bad mistake about the Black Dahlia case.]

  • Summer house of Manson Family victims Leno and Rosemary La Bianca? No.
  • Historic house along the Pasadena Freeway? No.
  • Knott’s Berry Farm? Interesting guess. But no.
  • Is it the set for Sheriff Andy Taylor’s house from the "Andy Griffith 
    Show?" Very interesting guess! But no.
  • The house on the hill behind the motel in Psycho? No. This isn’t on a movie lot.
  • James Ellroy’s boyhood home. No.
  • "Nightmare on Elm Street" house? Good guess. But no.
  • Mother Cabrini House? No.
  • Is it the house on Franklin Ave. where Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne lived
    in the 1960s? No.
  • The house is the one used in the original "Halloween."  It’s the murder house. Bingo! I had two right answers. The first at 3:37 p.m., the second at 4:16 p.m. As a matter of fact, I ran into some people this afternoon who were out taking pictures of where the scenes were filmed.

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6 Responses to Mystery photo

  1. Jeff Prescott says:

    Top of mind guess…the LaBianca home….summer ’69….Charles and his friends?
    –Interesting guess….
    (but no).
    Keeping checking back!


  2. is it one of those historic homes alongside the 110 freeway?
    –Interesting guess, but that would be a “where” answer. Not a “what” answer.


  3. Walter Rho says:

    Well, it is facing a chair lift on a slope and there are no stairs in front of it, so it is a facade or on a set. It’s in a place where people pass by after dark, with the electric lights strung outside. It’s presumably in Southern California. It’s not Disney, because the lights would have been strung more neatly. Knotts Berry Farm?


  4. Don Murphy says:

    okay good guess leads to—
    The Michael Meyers house from HALLOWEEN


  5. Mary says:

    Where is it located?
    –It’s been moved from the filming location and is now at Meridian and Mission in South Pasadena, next to the Gold Line tracks.


  6. Reidel says:

    A bunch of scenes from Halloween were shot within the few blocks right around the house (originally located about 250 ft. north-west from where it stands now). The movie’s a nice sort of snapshot of So. Pas. in the late 70’s.


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