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THE HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS PRESENTS REMEMBERING SID HAIG (July 14th 1939 to September 21st 2019)

THE HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS PRESENTS REMEMBERING SID HAIG (July 14th 1939 to September 21st 2019)

 

We at the House of Tortured Souls were saddened to hear yesterday, of the passing of beloved Character actor and fan favourite Sid Haig at the age of 80 on September 21st. We aim to remember Sid Haig’s long career and the impact he had on his fans new and old. This article is our tribute to Sid and all he did for horror fans worldwide. It will include some of our own personal memories of Sid, from conventions where we met him (or even didn’t) and pictures of those meetings.

JOHN ROISLAND

“I met, or should I say was honoured to have met, Sid in Virginia at the Second annual Scares That Care weekend. I approached his booth and noticed a banner, with pictures and items that he had for sale. Next to that was his price list. If I remember correctly, nothing on that list was higher than $20, which compared to other celebrity booths meant you were basically getting things for free.  I was really excited, because I was on a very tight budget. When I got to the front Sid stood up, shook my hand with a smile , and told me to come around the back of his table and have a seat. This was quite a surprise, because I hadn’t even said Hello or asked him anything. The venue wasn’t crowded at that moment, so he just sipped his coffee and started small talk with me, asthough we were old friends. He stopped and glared at me a while, gave me a little smile and asked “How are you and what can I do for you?” Graciously he signed my DVD box and had someone passing by take some photos of us together with my phone. When I got up and left the booth I instantly knew I’d met the nicest celebrity, that I’ve ever encountered. Sid was so gracious, had such a warm personality, and that is why I’ll miss him that little bit more. I wish I could have met him again, like many others have, but I’m extremely grateful that I was given that opportunity. Sid was an easy going man, with a huge heart, who sincerely cared about his fans and thanked them, for helping making what he became. I will always remember meeting him and it saddens me that he is no longer with us, but I will forever be grateful for those few moments I once shared with him.”

Sid and John Roisland at the Scares That Care

CLINT NARRAMORE

“I met Sid several times over the last few years, and was never disappointed. It was at Scare-A-Con in 2017, that I will always have my best memory of him. I was invited to join the table by Mark Patton. Caroline Williams was also there, as was Ricky Dean Logan. Sid came over and it was amazing. We all just talked and made jokes all night. Our server was terrified of Sid, because of his movies. She didn’t want to hand him his drinks. She asked we pass them to him. She was deathly afraid of him (and couldn’t have been older than 21). We all laughed and told Sid and he told me to go get her. I brought her to the table and Sid gave her a death stare for a half second and then proceeded to grab and then kiss her hand. Her reaction was relief and she laughed off her fears. Linea Quigley, Felissa Rose And Camille Keaton all came by and we started taking pictures of just how much fun we were having. Sid cared about making sure everyone who met him had a great time and he loved his friends and fans. Best dinner I’ve ever had.”

Clint Narramore with Sid Haig at Scare-A-Con

TARA SLOAN

“I was lucky enough to meet Sid a few times at conventions throughout the years. He always had a long line, because he was just a fun dude to talk to. First time I met him, I was next in line and he looked at me and said “watch my table, I’ve gotta take a piss, and I’ll sign whatever you want for free when I get back”. Of course I did and he signed my The Devils Rejects And took a photo with me. Sid was an absolute class act. The world has lost a legend today. Rest In Peace Sid. Tutti Fuckin’ Fruity!”

Sid and Tara Sloan.

JAI ALEXIS

“Sadly, I don’t have a story about Sid, but I have an experience that sums him up. Years ago, before I joined House of Tortured Souls. I went to a horror con. I waited so long to meet Sid Haigon the day of the convention. I brought my copy of Spiderbaby for him to sign (Which by the way best damn movie ever with great features). I always felt this was the passing of the torch from Lon Chaney Jr to Sid Haig. The con itself wasn’t bad, not perfect, not bad though. I wanted to meet him but believe it or not I was, and sometimes still can be, painfully shy around celebs. I go from being a regular con-goer one-minute to a Chris Farley like  fanboy the next. I passed on the chance to meet him that day, because I was scared. I’ll always regret it to this day. That’s what I admire about Sid he never shied away from a challenge; he never backed down from doing more and working for what he wanted. Sid made a career and a damn fine one with his talent and personality. So whenever you doubt you can do something or think you’re not good enough, just ask yourself ‘What would Sid Haig do?’ I love you old friend and when my time comes, I hope you don’t mind me being a fanboy around you and Lon Chaney Jr.

Spiderbaby (1967)

MICHELLE ‘MIDI’ PEIFER

“I was never fortunate enough to meet Sid in person and I’m unsure exactly Of if or when, he maybe visited Australia. Being in Sydney the supreme annual convention to attend is Supanova. Every year fans like myself ascend on the halls of Supanova and enjoy the array of guests from all walks of popular culture. I’ve used my attendance to meet celebrities such as Richard Dreyfus, John Jarratt, the original cast of Mad Max (minus Mel Gibson sadly), And much much more. Sadly though Sid Haig has never been invited to Sydney’s Supanova and fans all wished he would be. Now we will never be able to make that a reality. I have recently relocated to the USA and will say this is the first icon we’ve lost since my move. It’s a hard punch to the gut for sure, as all I have ever heard about him was how wonderful he was with fans, and his kindness and patience for everyone. Sid will be sadly missed by all of us in the horror world, especially at the House of Tortured Souls, all members of film fandom and anyone who ever knew him or even just met him for that fleeting moment.”

Aussie fans were desperate to have an opportunity to meet Sid Haig

Haig’s passing was announced via Instagram on September 23rd, 2019, by his long term partner, publicist and wife of 12 years Susan.L.Oberg. Her statement was as follows:

“ My light, my heart, my true love, my King, The other half of my soul, Sidney passed from this realm on to the next. He has returned to the universe, a shining star in her heavens. He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be. He adored his family, friends and his fans. This came as a shock to all of us. We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn, be respected.

Sidney Eddie Mosesian

7/14/39 – 9/21/19

Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend.

Goodnight my love. We will find each other again, next time.

I love you.”

Sid Haig was known for his acting which spanned from 1960 to 2019. He worked tirelessly throughout his career, despite a 5 year hiatus from 1992-1997. During that time he was retired from showbiz, due to being frequently typecast. Haig even once stated “I’ll never play another stupid heavy again and I don’t care if that means I never work, ever.”

However he did return in 1997, as a Judge in the Quentin Tarantino film Jackie Brown, opposite his frequent co-star Pam Grier. Grier had also starred with Haig in Blaxploitation films of the 1970’s such as The Big Doll House (1971), The Big Bird Cage (1972), Coffy (1973), Black Mama White Mama (1973), and Foxy Brown (1974).

On Television Haig was in a variety of shows including (through the 1960’s until the 1980’s) The A-Team, The Dukes Of Hazzard, Quincy M.E, Hart to Hart, Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, Police Woman, The Rockford Files, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mannix, Mission Impossible, Gunsmoke, Get Smart, Star Trek, Batman, and The Untouchables.

At one point Haig even had a starring lead role as a Villian named Drago in a series called Jason Of Star Command.

Haig had become a horror icon since appearing as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombies House of 1000 Corpses in 2003. This led to his continuing with the character through its two sequels The Devils Rejects (2005) and more recently in 3 From Hell (2019).

Notable roles throughout Sid Haig’s career of both horror and non horror films includes Blood Bath (1966), Spider Baby (1967), Pit Stop (1969), THX1138 (1971), Beware!The Blob (1972), Woman Hunt (1972), Beyond Atlantis (1973), Savage Sisters (1974), Galaxy of Terror (1981), The Aftermath (1982), Kill Bill Volume 2. (2004), House of the Dead (2005), Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006), Little Big Top (2016) ,Rob Zombies Halloween (2007), Brotherhood Of Blood (2007), The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto (2009), Dark Moon Rising (2009), Creature (2011), The Sacred (2012), Lords of Salem (2012), Hatchet III(2013), Devil in my Ride (2013), and High on the Hog (2019).

Sid, all of us at the House of Tortured Souls were saddened at the news of your passing. May your family and friends have the peace to mourn you, that they seek at this time, and your star sign bright forevermore.

R.I.P  SID HAIG .

 

 

 

 

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HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Twenty-Nine – 10/29/18

10/29 – 2015: BONE TOMAHAWK/GREEN ROOM

A tense tale about the search for a missing woman in the Old West, (BONE TOMAHAWK), and the story of a punk rock band that accepts a gig from Hell (GREEN ROOM). You wouldn’t think these two films had very much in common, and you’d be right. Except that it not only introduced audiences to two remarkable new filmmaking talents, but also gave them two films that went to some unexpected places, redefining what it means to ‘gaze into the abyss’…and see with terrifying clarity, what it is that’s staring back.

S. CRAIG ZAHLER hasn’t been a big part of ‘the scene’, so when BONE TOMAHAWK arrived, it felt kind of like a random lightning strike, and had about the same effect on fans! When you see names like KURT RUSSELL, DAVID ARQUETTE, RICHARD JENKINS, PATRICK WILSON and MATTHEW FOX associated with a film from a relative newbie, you know that script has got to be something special. And it certainly is.  How best to describe this without spoiling the living hell out of it? Okay – for you film buffs out there who go back as far as I do, think THE SEARCHERS-meets-THE HILLS HAVE EYES. For you latter-day movie kids, think DEADWOOD or TOMBSTONE, with just a taste of THE DESCENT thrown in.

When the wife of a small-town settler (WILSON) vanishes, Russell is the sheriff who rounds up a posse to go after her and the people who took her, probably Indians by all the signs. So in the first half of the film, you think that what you’re getting is a modern-day take on a classic kind of Western.  And for the most part, you are.  Then, the second half kicks in.  And I don’t want to say more than that, except keep the smelling salts handy.

For old hands Russell and Jenkins, this is familiar territory, and their roles fit them like old, worn, favorite gloves. Even Arquette doesn’t have to stretch here, his own cameo pretty much an extension of the role he played in the underrated cult classic, RAVENOUS. (And Arquette gets beautiful support from an unexpected cameo by no less than SID HAIG, but I won’t say where or when that happens).

But it’s Matthew Fox who gets the part that’s the most ‘against-type.’ His leading man good looks serve him well, to augment a character you probably could only spend two minutes with before wanting to kill him. It’s quite the revelation.  But not as much as the 180-degree-turn BONE TOMAHAWK makes, into territory that most Westerns wouldn’t even think about going into. This is one of those you’ll be telling your friends about once you’ve seen it, and there are scenes I can promise that will stay with you for a very long time.

On the other side of this, GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted B-thriller with great performances, and a sad footnote, as the movie that pretty much defined the career of the late ANTON YELCHIN, even as he exploded onto the pop culture scene as the “new” Ensign Anton Chekhov in J.J. Abrams’ retooling of the STAR TREK series.

The follow-up to his bracing revenge tale, BLUE RUIN, writer/director JEREMY SAULNIER brings to light the tragic and unsettling tale of a punk band called “The Ain’t-Rights”, composed of Yelchin as “Pat”, along with JOE COLE, CALLUM TURNER and ALIA SHAKWAT as his band mates. Closing out their most recent tour, they were set to do a gig that was arranged by a college boy fan, which fell through without warning.  Stuck with no other options, their benefactor quickly sets up another gig for them.  Out in the middle of nowhere. At a clubhouse.  For neo-Nazi types.

Not the best of circumstances, but money is money and a gig is a gig. Things are pretty dicey from the get-go, and it doesn’t help that the band kicks off their set with a rousing cover of The Dead Kennedy’s classic “Nazi Punks Fuck Off.” Even with that, they do manage to win over the surly crowd. Or so they think.

Retreating back to what passes in this shithole for their “green room”, they’re told not to go in, but someone forgets something in there, and does it anyway. And that’s when they see it: the murdered body of a girl they saw earlier when they were playing in the club.  Things go south fairly quickly, when the skinhead staff trap them inside the room because of what they saw. But two things make it apparent that they probably won’t be allowed to leave alive: when Amber (IMOGEN POOTS), the dead girl’s ‘best friend’ becomes a captive as well, and when the leader of the skinhead cell, Darcy, arrives to take charge of things and “clean up the mess.”  In other words: ‘no loose ends.’

Yet again, we have a script that’s impressive enough to attract an amazing lineup of talent, but especially for the role of the deeply evil Darcy, a complete game-changer for PATRICK STEWART, who said in an interview that when he read the script, the part scared him so badly that he knew he had to do it. Darcy began an arc of parts that Stewart has accepted to change his “Captain Jean-Luc Picard” image, and this was certainly a great way to start.

Every step Saulnier takes with GREEN ROOM proves beyond a doubt, that BLUE RUIN was definitely no fluke, and as a ‘good luck charm’, the cast of ROOM includes the monumentally talented actor/writer/director MACON BLAIR, who was the star of RUIN, and is behind the tremendously dark and funny character piece, I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE., made for Netflix. Here in ROOM, Blair has a pretty important role as well as Darcy’s main lieutenant, and that’s about as much as I can say about that.

Bracing, razor-sharp and violent, GREEN ROOM isn’t for the squeamish, and provides some pretty sweet surprises not only for lovers of survival chillers, but mystery lovers as well, as The Ain’t-Rights begin to learn that there’s more than just a case of domestic violence going on behind the scenes.

So that gives you two options of films that gained a lot of traction from word-of-mouth, and rightfully so.

POST-MORTEM SCRYPT: THE WITCH, THE INVITATION, THE VISIT, CRIMSON PEAK, KRAMPUS, THE FINAL GIRLS, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 and GOOSEBUMPS were just some of the movies that gave horror fans a widely diverse selection to choose from, in both quantity and quality, for 2015.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Bone Tomahawk (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Bone Tomahawk (2015)

By Dixielord

Usually when I get excited for a movie it leads to disappointment, so I went into Bone Tomahawk with some trepidation. However, this is one of those rare times that I walked away happy. Bone Tomahawk is everything it promised. Horror films that flirt with the Western genre don't have a great track record, there are a few good ones like High Plains Drifter, but many more that just don’t cut it, like Gallows Walker and The Killing Box. Bone Tomahawk is one of the good ones, one of the best.

Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk

Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk

In Bone Tomahawk, a pair of murderous thieves, played by Sid Haig and David Arquette, inadvertently lead a tribe of cannibalistic troglodytes back to a peaceful western community. There they kidnap several townspeople in the middle of the night. The next morning the Sheriff (Kurt Russell) leads a small but determined posse in an attempt to get them back. The posse includes Matthew Fox (Lost) as a local gunman and Indian fighter, Richard Jenkins (Burn After Reading) as back up deputy Chicory, and Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring), whose wife was taken by the cannibals. But the trail to the missing townspeople may be as dangerous as the troglodytes themselves.

Bone Tomahawk does so many things right. It's a horror movie, but it is also a legitimate western. You can completely remove the horror tag, and western fans will be able to enjoy it. The horror aspect doesn't really kick in till over half way into the film. There are a few brutal scenes early on, but I was beginning to believe it was going to be simply a cowboy film. Then the posse makes it to the cave of the troglodytes.

Bone Tomahawk

Bone Tomahawk

Dear people talking about how extreme the gore was in The Green Inferno, check out Bone Tomahawk. While scene for scene it might not contain as much gore, Bone Tomahawk is more squirm-inducing than The Green Inferno. There is one scene that looks incredibly real and it looks to be all practical effects. You want a hard to watch kill scene? Watch Bone Tomahawk.

And it's not just gore that makes this film work. Russell is excellent as an aging sheriff. He might not be as fast, or as smart as some of the members of the posse, but he is determined, honorable (to a fault at times), and wise. He's also tired, and you can see the weight of the bad decisions on his face. He seems to know this is his last hurrah and he will save his people, even if he doesn't come back alive.

Matthew Fox's character is almost immediately unlikeable. Along the trail we learn about his history, and why he hates Native Americans. He becomes a valuable asset, and by the end I had actually developed some respect for him.

Patrick Wilson ends up being the most unlikely hero of them all. Shackled with a bad leg, that's getting worse along the way, he still plays a major part in the resolution. His wife (Lili Simmons) is one of the townspeople kidnapped by the trogs, and he will die to get her back. It is slightly telegraphed that he is going to “save the day” and while logically it might seem contrived, it never feels that way in the film. Instead of shaking my head and laughing, I was cheering him and the rest of the posse on.

On of my favorite characters was Richard Jenkins as Chicory. He is almost a stereotypical western deputy, but it works perfectly. He's fiercely loyal to Sheriff Hunt and determined to follow him into danger. He adds a lot to the western feel. He's a throw back to great western characters like Pea in Lonesome Dove and Mose in The Searchers. There isn't a lot of humor in Bone Tomahawk, but most of it is provided by Jenkins.

One of the things I most disliked about The Green Inferno was the injection of humor into the film. The cannibal films that The Green Inferno paid homage too weren't funny. They were brutal, depressing, and dark. It's almost Eli's calling card to inject humor into his gore fests. It works at times, but with Bone Tomahawk, director S. Craig Zahler (in his directorial debut) plays it straight, with no silly comedy or fart jokes. There are some small humorous moments, but they are all natural and develop from the characters, mostly Chicory’s personality.

Bone Tomahawk takes it time developing. It's a bit of a slow burn as the posse takes time to get to its destination, but it's never boring. The group of would be heroes face adversity every step. There's a run in with bandits that leaves the men on foot. There are battles not only with the horse thieves but with themselves, and with the infection raging in Wilson's leg. The trek there also gives them time for character development that seems natural and unforced. It might be slow, but it is never boring.

Some people may claim it isn't really horror, but it contains suspense, murder, cannibalism, and on screen gore. It's a horror movie. Maybe it's not supernatural, but it's horror. And it's also a legitimate western. I just love this film, no holds barred and no reservations. It is a slow burn, but it isn't boring and the pay off is totally worth it. I give Bone Tomahawk my highest rating, 10 out of 10.

Bone Tomahawk's Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins

Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins in Bone Tomahawk

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COMING SOON: Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Dixielord

Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk

Western horror movies are a somewhat rare thing, especially good ones. This Halloween, the genre gets a new entry with Bone Tomahawk, which will also bring Kurt Russell back into the horror genre. Russell is popular with horror fans from his starring role in John Carpenter's classic The Thing, as well as Carpenter's not quite horror, but still classics Escape From New York and Big Trouble in Little China. Bone Tomahawk won't be Russell's only dip into the western genre this year. December will see the release of Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight which will also star the former Snake Plisken.

Bone Tomahawk will be the directorial debut of writer/director Craig Zahler. The cast, along with Russell will include Patrick Wilson, David Arquette, Matthew Fox, Sean Young and horror icon Sid Haig. Timothy Olyphant and Jennifer Carpenter were originally set to star in the project but have since dropped out, replaced by Russell and Lili Simmons.

Kurt Russell and Sid Haig in Bone Tomahawk

Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk

Bone Tomahawk is set in the 1800s on the border between Texas and Mexico. It tells the story of a small town raided by a group of “cannibalistic troglodytes.” The cannibals kidnap several townspeople, and a posse, led by Russell, sets out to rescue them.

Just on the surface the film bears a passing resemblance to The 13th Warrior, with cannibals attacking a small town, and a group of warriors going in pursuit. The 13th Warrior was in itself based on the classic tale of Beowulf and Grendel. Whether or not this is just a surface resemblance we won't know until it releases next month.

The movie will world premiere September 25 at Fantastic Fest, and will screen at the London Film Festival October 15, 2015. Bone Tomahawk will is set for a limited theatrical release on October 23, 2015 just in time for Halloween.

Halloween is going to be a sweet time for Horror fans with The Green Inferno opening late September, Crimson Peak in October as well as Bone Tomahawk. And you can never go wrong with Sid Haig being back on the big screen.

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