Surprise, it’s Sid Haig’s 77th birthday! Except in his version of a surprise, the actor is probably dressed up, lurking around a creepy gas station, waiting for an opportunity to make you hate clowns if you didn’t already. As an iconic actor of the macabre genre, here are his five best horror movies in chronological order:
1. Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1967)
Sid Haig’s first ever movie was made by Jack Hill in 1960, and the pair stuck together throughout several productions. At the age of 28, Haig starred in another of the director’s movies, entitled Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told. The plot revolves around a trio of psychotic siblings who are entrusted to a caretaker after their father’s death.
2. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
At age 64, Sid Haig starred in a Rob Zombie movie, which would lead to one of his most iconic roles as the hysterical clown named Captain Spaulding. The plot takes place on the night of Halloween in Texas, revolving around two young couples on a road trip searching for the urban legend Dr. Satan. They come to regret that decision as they are captured and tortured by the Firefly family. Tough times.
3. The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
At the cursed age of 66 — well he can’t exactly live till 666, can he now? — Haig obviously had to star in a movie with “The Devil” in the title. This Rob Zombie sequel to House of 1000 Corpses provided the actor with an opportunity to put his clown shoes back on as Captain Spaulding. The plot focuses on three members of the Firefly family who are on the run, one of which is Haig’s character.
4. Devil in My Ride (2013)
At age 74, Haig was still a fan of his usual Satanic projects. While preparing for the wedding of their dreams, the bride Doreen is offered a beautiful locket by her brother Travis. Little did they know, this gift was cursed, thus possessing Doreen. Her groom Hank teams up with Travis in an effort to save his wife. First, they visit the brother’s old friend Iggy, a supernatural savant who informed them of the curse and of the vague whereabouts of an exorcist.
5. Bone Tomahawk (2015)
Sid Haig switched it up a bit at age 76, when he appeared in a Western horror movie. The plot features four men who embark on a rescue mission in the Wild West. Their intention is to save three captives from savage cannibalistic cave dwellers. The lives of these hostages rest in the hands of a sheriff, his deputy, a gunslinger and a cowboy.
What was your favorite horror movie featuring Sid Haig?
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