While filming in New Zealand, Wood also started to DJ and hasn’t stopped since. Now, when he’s not working on films, he plays festivals as one-half of Wooden Wisdom, his DJ duo with friend Zach Cowie. Though he started with CDs—“I was always carrying around Case Logics,” he says—and had a stopover with the iPod, Wooden Wisdom spins only vinyl.
“When I was in my 20s, I started frequenting record stores, and there was one in particular called Tropicalia in Furs in New York City,” he recalls. “It’s closed now, but it was one of those magical places where you would walk in and the owner would start playing you records and not let you leave. It was such an education. That’s what you want—someone to pull a box out from behind the counter like, ‘This is the good shit.’” The way he says it, you can imagine his palms sweating in anticipation.
Wood’s love for music is indicative of his approach to most of his interests: When he’s in, he’s all in. Such is the case with horror movies, of which he’s been a fan since he was too young to be watching A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 or Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness, but did anyway. In 2010, he co-founded a production company (then named The Woodshed, later rebranded as SpectreVision) to help make more of the kinds of movies he wanted to see. “We’re always looking for films that have a unique voice and are pushing things forward or doing something different with horror and genre cinema,” he says. Their latest film, The Greasy Strangler, does exactly that—after it premiered earlier this year at Sundance, The Guardian called it “a playful oasis of filth and depravity.” “I’d never read anything so bizarre and kind of fucked up, but deeply funny,” Wood recalls of first reading the script. “It’s very much a comedy—a serial killer who covers his naked body in grease and kills people!”