Actor Sid Haig, best known for his portrayal as the vile psychopathic clown Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's Firefly film series has died at age 80.
Haig had been a mainstay of the horror and exploitation b-movie genres beginning in the 1960s. Rising to fame in Jack Hill's blaxploitation films of the 1970s, Haig had become recognisable more recently thanks to his work with Rob Zombie.
After suffering a "nasty spell" according a post on his official Instagram account, the cult actor was admitted to hospital a couple of weeks ago.
Variety reported that Haig was later admitted to the ICU following breathing complications and was kept there under observation.
Haig's wife of 12 years, Susan L. Oberg , announced in a heartfelt message via the actor's official Instagram earlier today that he had succumbed to his illness, passing away on Saturday September 21, 2019:
"On Saturday, September 21, 2019, 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, his 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."
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While Downton Abbey lorded over the box office with a $31 million domestic debut, two star-driven, and equally adult-skewing flicks battled it out to a glorified tie. Brad Pitt’s $80 million sci-fi original Ad Astra earned $19.2 million in its debut weekend while Sylvester Stallone’s $50 million-ish Rambo: Last Blood (AKA – Rambo V) opened with $19.015 million over the Fri-Sun frame. Of note, while Ad Astra is a big Fox/Disney release, Lionsgate paid $10 million for the domestic and UK distribution rights for the Rambo sequel, so they should be just fine unless it completely collapses.
Both films opened in line with expectations, and both will be hoping for legs until Joker opens in two weeks. The good news for both is that next weekend’s wide newbie, DreamWorks and Universal’s Abominable, isn’t exactly demographic competition. The cruel irony is that Rambo especially will benefit from Universal’s choice to pull Blumhouse’s The Hunt from theatrical release following recent mass shootings and the film’s insertion into the political madness that is 2019.
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Earlier this year, Glenn Danzig released his first feature length film, Verotika. That movie will be released on streaming services on Halloween via Cleopatra.
Last night, news broke that Danzig will start shooting his second film in October. On a red carpet interview at Rob Zombie's 3 From hell, Danzig revealed that he plans to get filming started next month: "We're in pre-production right now, and we start shooting next month." He also cryptically mentioned the the upcoming Misfits show at Madison Square Garden: "No more Misfits shows except for MSG." The new movie is described as a vampire spaghetti western. We'll keep you updated
Rob Zombie was interviewed by Muse TV on the red carpet of Monday night's (September 16) premiere of his new thriller, "3 From Hell", at Vista Theatre in Los Angeles. Asked if there are any movies that are so sacred that he would never want to see them remade, Rob said (see video below): "No. Because I don't like thinking like that. Because if I thought like that, I'd go, well, they would have never made 'Dracula' with [Bela] Lugosi, 'cause they would have stopped at 'Nosferatu'. Then they would have never made 'Dracula' with Christopher Lee, 'cause they would have said, 'Oh, you can't do…' I used to think more like that. But then I thought, like, 'Fuck it!'
"If you do it for the wrong reasons, yeah, it'll be awful," he continued. "But if you really do it for the right reasons, anything can work. I mean, some movies are hard — like, I wouldn't wanna try to remake 'Jaws' or 'The Shining' or something, 'cause sometimes things have just become so iconic that it's not gonna happen. But I don't like to think… Nothing's sacred."
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According to Bloody Disgusting, Legendary is developing a new iteration of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” that the studio is hoping will introduce the classic franchise to a new audience. And to help Legendary bring the franchise back, Fede Alvarez is rumored to be on board as a producer on the film.
However, this isn’t going to be your typical remake or reboot. Hell, we’ve already seen companies do this a couple of times with ‘Texas Chainsaw.’ Instead, the report says that Alvarez and Legendary are interested in developing a new film in the franchise that will serve as a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic. This is obviously a response to the monster success that Blumhouse saw with the recent “Halloween” reboot-quel, which did the same thing. Now, that franchise has two more sequels in the works and a whole new generation of fans.
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Warner Bros.' dark supervillain origin story, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role, is pacing for a domestic debut of $82 million over the Oct. 4-6 weekend, according to those with access to estimates from industry leader NRG. Another service has the R-rated pic coming in at $77 million, while some have it even higher at $87 million.
The current crown-holder for the month of October is Sony's superhero pic Venom, which debuted to $80.2 million last year, not adjusted for inflation.
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Ever heard of Retro-a-go-go? Lets say for some reason you have not. They are an amazing retro, pop culture, vintages shop that sells tons of different items such as pins, patches, flasks, wall décor, signs, cigarette cases, shirts, and more. You name it, they probably have it. Also did I mention its horror and sci-fi related merchandise? Well it sure is. I first discovered them when I stumbled across a big giant vampire mask that was made to hang on walls. I bought one and put it up in my kitchen. It looked great. So great I had to buy another, and another, and you get the idea. I became obsessed with there products. Betty Page pill boxes, Mars Attacks Flasks, a Parasol with a devil on it, even retro ties and necklaces. It’s the coolest stuff I’ve seen in years. And guess what its not priced through the roof.
So with Halloween and Christmas fast approaching I though I would spend the next months highlighting different items they carry. As everyone knows I am a super fan of Mars Attacks I decided to spotlight some of these items first off. From the giant wall décor mask, to buttons, patches, and pins they offer everything a fan could possibly want.
Mars Attacks™ is a science fiction themed trading card series released in 1962. The cards feature artwork by science-fiction artists Wallace Wood and Norman Saunders. The colorful cards depict futuristic battle scenes and bizarre methods of Martian and Earth nations being attacked.
The cards proved popular with children but depictions of explicit gore and implied sexual content caused an outcry, leading the company to halt production! The cards have since become collectors' items, with certain cards commanding over $3,500 at auction. If you want to hang out with your favorite Martian, the designers at Retro-a-go-go! have created a much more affordable way to do that. This officially licensed Mars Attacks™ collection of fun and functional accessories may not save you from doom and destruction, but they are sure to put a smile on your face!
Here is just a few pics of the items they have for Mars Attacks
Like what you see so far? Good, check back Saturday for more Retro-a-go-go coverage and in the meantime head over to there website to see all the stuff they offer, then give them a like on Facebook, and a follow on Twitter. Links are below
Tom Welling is heading to the Arrowverse for the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover.
The number of Supermen heading to the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover now stands at three. Tyler Hoechlin has been playing Superman in the Arrowverse for a few years now. Then we learned that Brandon Routh will once again become the last Son of Krypton for the event. And comes word that Smallville’s very own Clark Kent, Tom Welling, will be joining in on the event.
“For eight years, Arrow has stood on the shoulders of Smallville. Simply put, there would be no Arrow, and no Arrowverse, without it,” Arrow co-creator/executive producer Marc Guggenheim said in a statement to Deadline. “So when we first started talking about Crisis on Infinite Earths, our first, second and third priorities were getting Tom to reprise his iconic role as Clark Kent. To say that we’re thrilled would be a Superman-sized understatement.”
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Rob Zombie’s diabolical trio returns when 3 From Hell arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, Digital, and On Demand October 15 from Lionsgate. Written and directed by horror master Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), the “savagely ferocious” (Variety) film follows three of the director’s most vicious creations as they leave a trail of corpses in their wake.
3 From Hell stars Sheri Moon Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Halloween), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses), Richard Brake (“Game of Thrones,” Hannibal Rising, 31, The Chameleon), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem, “Westworld”), with Danny Trejo (The Devil’s Rejects, Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn), and Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Kill Bill: Vol. 2). 3 From Hell is Zombie’s highly anticipated return to his violently horrific crime saga.
First there was House of 1000 Corpses. Then there was The Devil’s Rejects. Now, from writer-director Rob Zombie, comes the next blood-soaked chapter in the most violent crime saga in movie history --
3 From Hell. After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley), and Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained, and a firestorm of murder, madness, and mayhem will be released in this terror ride to Hell… and back.
Take home 3 From Hell and immerse yourself in its blood-soaked world with exclusive and extensive special features, including an audio commentary with director Rob Zombie and a 4-part “making of” featurette. Additionally, the 3 From Hell 4K and Blu-ray discs will feature the unrated cut, even more sadistic and terrifying than the theatrical version of the film. The 3 From Hell 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.99, $24.99, and $19.98, respectively.
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Svengoolie Meets the DC Universe will see Horror Host Svengoolie jump into the pagess of DC Comics in a series of custom inserts featured throughout the month of October. Written by DC Publisher Dan DiDio and Svengoolie with artist Chris Jones, each insert will feature a two-page chapter building to one complete story.
According to the story's official description,
On the run from (what else?) an army of homicidal rubber chickens, Svengoolie gets some unexpected help from Wonder Woman and John Stewart, who urge him to get to the Hall of Justice. But before he can make it to safety, he has to survive a showdown against the one responsible for these perilous pullets, The Joker!