The sad news hits us that Captain Spaulding himself, Sid Haig, passed away yesterday at the age of 80, though his limited amount of screen time in 3 From Hell suggested to many that he wasn’t in full health. A few weeks ago, it was reported that he had an “accident” and was in the hospital. His wife, Suzie, later took to Instagram to let us know that he was doing better, but later shared this rather different message:
“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.”
Haig is of course best known for his role as the patriarch of the murderous Firefly family in House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, but he’s been something of a cult favourite of many [including Quentin Tarantino who wanted to cast him as Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction and then wrote the role as the Judge in Jackie Brown for him] even before those films came along, largely due to his unusual roles in the movies of Jack Hill especially the weird Spider Baby. His other genre projects include Galaxy of Terror, Night of the Living Dead 3D, Halloween , The Haunted World of El Superbeast, Creature, The Lords of Salem, Hatchet III and Bone Tomahawk. He also appeared in Diamonds Are Forever and THX-1138. Even in his smallest parts he brought conviction and a quirky screen personality which always made him memorable to watch.