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27 Oct 2013

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Halloween POPsessions: Which Horror Movie Does 'The Munsters' Star Butch Patrick Find Too 'Gross and Violent'?

Instead of a teddy bear he carried a toy werewolf named Woof-Woof, he had the most memorable widow's peak in the history of primetime (and hair), and he was the sole offspring of Herman and Lily Munster … yes, of course, we're talking about Butch Patrick, the actor who beat out more than 500 other kid actors to win the role of Edward Wolfgang "Eddie" Munster on the classic CBS comedy "The Munsters."

Patrick — real name Patrick Alan Lilley — also starred in the Sid and Marty Krofft Saturday morning series "Lidsville," guest starred on series like "Bonanza," "Rawhide," "Family Affair," "Adam-12," "Ironside," and "My Three Sons," and even performed a song about his "Munsters" alter ego — "Whatever Happened to Eddie?" — with his band Eddie & the Monsters.

With all this monster fun on his résumé, we asked the TV legend to share his cool ghoul favorites with us, from what scares him the most and the first horror flick he ever saw to who he thinks is the scariest real-world monster ever and the horror flick he'll never watch again.

1. What scares you the most? Heights. I'm scared of heights, although I [went] skydiving for my 58th birthday, and it was scary. I did bungee jumping years ago, and it was scary then, so it's still scary. I don't think I'll go back and do it again. I don't like bugs either.

2. What is the scariest movie of all time? There's a period of my life when I was a kid and I was watching, and I was very, very scared of "The Creature of the Black Lagoon." As an adult, the scariest movies, probably, for me, are suspense thrillers, [like] "The Shining." I enjoyed it a lot.

3. Who is the scariest monster in film history? Godzilla.

4. Who is the scariest real-life monster of all time? Hitler, hands down.

5. What was the first horror film you saw? "Frankenstein."

6. What was your reaction to it? I remember that I went to bed early so my mom would let me watch when the movie came on, so that was cool.

7. What's one nightmare you remember clearly? I would have nightmares of flying ... flying and floating and flying and running, and then just eventually taking off, getting away from whatever was chasing me.

8. What's one movie you're too scared to re-watch? "The Last House on the Left," the original. I probably wouldn't want to watch again because it was just too gross and violent for me.

9. Did you ever egg a neighbor's house on Halloween night? Yes. I think I was 11 or 12. [But] it wasn't a house, it was the side of a building.

10. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes. I have one in my grandma's house.

11. What iconic horror role would you most want to play or make? Wolfman would be a great role.

12. Are monsters evil or misunderstood? I think there's evil, and then there are misunderstood ones.

13. Snog, marry, or kill: Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers? I'm not a killer, so none of the above.

14. What's one lesson you've learned from horror films? Never trip and fall when you're running. People stumbling over the smallest pebble can fall and the monster catches them.

15. Is Halloween for adults or kids? For kids of all ages, including adults.

16. Did you have a poster or T-shirt of a monster on your wall? No, I don't believe I did. I have like 25 monster T-shirts, though.

17. Rank the following in scariness: ghosts, zombies, vampires, werewolves. Werewolves, vampires, zombies and ghosts.

18. What is the spookiest music or song? Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

19. What's your favorite episode of the "Twilight Zone"? The one that I enjoyed the most was ["Time Enough at Last"], the one with Burgess Meredith, [where he went to the library] after the atomic bomb. He stepped on his glasses, and he had all the time in the world to read his books, [but] then the irony of him not being able to see.

20. What would you like to come back as in your next life? A race car driver.

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Thanks for Genesis Creations for coordinating this interview.