Talks of a revival of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” have been circulating the internet since 2015. Even Elijah Wood has thrown his hat into the proverbial ring of possibly rebooting the slasher classic. The continued interest is to be expected considering the 1984 movie’s enduring popularity and status as a genre groundbreaker. Not only did “Nightmare” redefine the horror flick by slanting the storyline toward the supernatural but as Entertainment Weekly stated, it “put New Line on the Hollywood map and gave Robert Englund his iconic slasher role as the child murderer who finds a villainous afterlife by turning up in the bad dreams of his victims.” The film also introduced audiences to Johnny Depp, who, in his very first onscreen role, played crop-top-wearing teen Glen Lantz, boyfriend of the movie’s heroine, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp).
It is director Wes Craven’s daughter who ultimately secured the role for the 21-year-old Depp. As Craven told Vulture in 2014, “The actor who played the coroner [Jeff Levine] came to me and said, ‘I have a friend who’s in town. His name’s Johnny Depp, he’s in a band, and he’s interested in getting into movies.’ He gave me Johnny’s headshot. I read with Johnny, and I remember his fingers were yellow from constantly smoking unfiltered cigarettes, and he was greasy and pale and sickly. My 14-year-old daughter was in from New York with a friend. I took the headshots of the actors I was considering for the role of Heather’s boyfriend, Glen. I put them out on the kitchen table, and asked the girls, ‘Who would you pick?’ They immediately pointed at Johnny. I said, ‘Are you serious?’ He looked like he needed a bath. They both said, ‘He’s beautiful.’” The rest, of course, is history!
And now the residence that served as the actor’s very first movie home, which has been a pilgrimage site for horror enthusiasts ever since the release of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” 37 years ago, has just changed hands after a scant 40 days on the market!
Purported to be at 1419 Elm St. in an unnamed city (later said to be Springwood, Ohio in “Nightmare’s” many sequels), Glen’s residence can actually be found at 1419 N. Genesee Ave. in Los Angeles’ Spaulding Square neighborhood. In real life, it is quite idyllic and most definitely not the stuff nightmares are made of!