To celebrate legendary television and exploitation film actor Sid Haig’s 79th birthday today, we have decided to round up a few of his memorable roles in some of the films he has appeared in over the years.
We salute you Sidney, so have a drink on us today!.
Spider Baby (1968). Aka The Maddest Story Ever Told. A black comedy/horror film written and directed by Jack Hill (Foxy Brown 1974). Starring Lon (original werewolf) Chaney jr alongside a young Sid Haig as one of three siblings suffering from a condition that causes them to all regress backwards to a primitive state of being. To watch the trailer for Spider Baby Click Here.
The Big Doll House (1971). Another classic from exploitation filmmaker Jack Hill, along with B Movie giant producer Roger Corman. This time it’s women in prison on the menu, and they don’t get no tougher than these caged ladies trying to escape from the hands of their sadistic captors.
Galaxy Of Terror (1981). Aka Mindwarp: An Infinity Of Terror, from directer Bruce D. Clark and producer Roger Corman. One of the better lower budget SciFi suspense thrillers to come off the back of the success of Alien (1979).
House Of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devils Rejects (2005). Both written and directed by Rob Zombie.
After initially retiring from acting in 1992, on account of being typecast, Sid Haig’s acting career was revitalised in 2003 when filmmaker Rob Zombie chose to cast Haig as the evil Captain Spaulding in his debut film House Of 1000 Corpses and the follow up film The Devils Rejects. The menacing character of Captain Spaulding (or Cutter) as a member of a group of serial killers known as the Firefly family, who also runs a roadside attraction called Captain Spaulding’s Museum Of Monsters And Madmen, while dressed as a freaky clown will forever be etched on the memory of every horror fan around the globe.
“Howdy folks! You like blood? Violence? Freaks of nature? Well then, come on down to Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen. See the Alligator Boy, ride my famous Murder Ride. Most of all, don’t forget to take home some of my tasty fried chicken! Ha ha! It just tastes so damn good!” (Captain Spaulding).
Interview with Sid Haig (below) at Days Of The Dead in Chicago (2012).