My family was very Halloween-friendly, for all of the religion and whatever was going on.
When I grew up, there was still black and white TV. I was told to never get out of bed once you’re put to bed. I’d sneak down the hallway, try to avoid the creaking floor boards and go in and watch the ‘Midnight Movie.’
They’re pretty extreme, but I loved the two ‘Human Centipede’ films from Tom Six. Those movies are fun because they’re well-made. They’re crazy and psychotic and perverted and twisted, but they’re really well-made.
I came from a Halloween-friendly home. My dad, Spencer, was a U.S. Marine captain. But when it came to Halloween, my dad had a soft spot. He would take his three sons and friends on escapades on Halloween night.
My grandfather and dad worked at General American Transportation Corp. in Chicago, a company that made tank cars and freight cars. We had a pragmatic, Republican, manufacturing, Illinois consciousness as far as employment went.
I come from a line of railroad men. My great-grandfather was a surveyor for the Burlington Railroad.
I don’t think of myself as a movie star. I’m a movie worker. I come from a railroad family. I come from the corn.
My dad loved to ‘arrange things’ to take us kids to that scared the crap out of us on Halloween. He’d take us to the old ‘Hermit’s House’ at the edge of town. He’d park the car 100 yards down the street and say, ‘Go back there and get something off the front porch!’