Day 2 (Friday) proved to be a pretty hectic day!! In all there were press conferences with many of the celebrities, it was the first day the convention floor was open, and there were a few screeners going on. But the coolest thing that occurred on Day Two was the Red Carpet Affair where all the celebrities walked down the red carpet and the press, including yours truly, got to take close-up photos and ask them some questions. I’ll be posting all the pics I took and talking about some of the questions and answers with the celebrities in another post coming soon. But earlier on Friday I was told Malcolm McDowell was in the press room answering questions so I rushed over. Somehow there was a miscommunication. No McDowell, but in his place was genre favorite SID HAIG.
You all know who this man is; you’ve seen him in a ton of both genre and non-genre films. Haig’s been in 120 films spanning 6 decades … SIX DECADES!! Recently he’s best known for and most recognized from Rob Zombie’s HOUSE OF A 1,000 CORPSES (2003) and THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (2005) but also had roles in Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 JACKIE BROWN and 2004’s KILL BILL, VOL. 2., and Rob Zombies HALLOWEEN (2007). If you’re not as familiar with Haig’s career and only know him as “Captain Spaulding” from HOUSE OF A 1,000 CORPSES & THE DEVIL’S REJECTS than you may not realize what an intelligent, very well-spoken, and general nice guy he is.
2011’s TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND was the first time the organizers set up a press room and Sid Haig was the first press round table I sat in on. In addition to the typical questions he was asked, Haig also went on an over 12 minute long political discussion. Haig has some really intelligent and thought out ideas!! I’m not really going to get into his politics (this is anything HORROR, not “political”), but I will say that like most genre actors, he is much more brilliant than the characters he portrays. In the first clip I have, Haig was asked what he enjoys playing more: “good guy” roles or “bad guy” roles:
Haig then went on to relate a really fun incident that occurred during the filming of HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES. The film was made by Universal studios and after every day of filming the dailies would be sent to the producers and the studio head. Well after the film was completed and they were ready to screen the finished product to Universal’s head honchos, the head of the studio told them she was excited to finally see the completed film. The night of the screening the head of the studio who, keep in mind was supposedly watching the dailies, completely broke down during the screening and was so upset by the content of the film that she had to be driven home. The next day the film was shelved (put on hold, possibly forever). Then when asked later why the film HANNIBAL was given the green light and HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES was shelved, the Universal Studio head replied: “Because I know Anthony Hopkins isn’t like that in real life.” And yes; she was referring to Sid Haig!! Ultimately Lion’s Gate picked it up and when it was released it made back it’s budget in 1 day (ONE DAY). Good decision Universal!!
In another really interesting clip, Sid Haig talks about his brush with Quentin Tarantino and the fact that he was up for a major role in PULP FICTION. The original question was, “Has a big director like a Quentin Tarantino ever approached you?” The reply is gonna shock you!!
Finally, in the last clip I taped of Sid Haig at the 2011 TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND, he’s asked what are the kinds of films he’d like to be making. But brace yourself people; the answer is gonna shock the s**t outta ya!! It seems that good old Captain Spaulding loves … aahhh just watch the clip!!
If ya couldn’t tell by now, Sid Haig is a great interview!! He’s extremely honest (like in telling how he blew the role in PULP FICTION), and he’s a genuinely nice guy. Something you’re gonna read over and over again on my coverage of the 2011 TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND is that all the genre celebrities that come out are extremely down to earth, they all love their horror fans, and they go out of their way to make their fans feel special. I woke up early on Saturday morning and went down to the hotel lobby to get some coffee. There I saw Angus Scrimm sitting in the coffee shop. I normally never bother a celebrity when they are eating or relaxing like that, but I just couldn’t resist; I had to go over and tell Scrimm what a huge fan I am and that his Tall Man was the first iconic horror character to truly scare the s**t out of me!! Well of course I cleaned up my language (I really need to start doing that more often). I said my thing to Angus Scrimm, and as I turned to walk away he graciously invited me to have a seat and have some coffee with him!! I was blown the f*&k away. This is how genre stars are (I’ll cover Angus Scrimm’s Q & A session in another posting).
But what made everything so great (besides the stars and all) was that everything was so organized!! Remember, this was the first year the TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND had a press room, but you’d never know it. The girls running the press room had it running like they’ve been doing this for the last 20 years. Everything was smooth and well planned out.
This is just the tip of the iceberg!! In my upcoming postings I’ll show you my pictures from the Red Carpet, the press conference with Lucky McKee, and various Q & A sessions with Roger Corman, Angus Scrimm, Jason Eisener (director of HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN), and the cast of crew of CHROMESKULL: LAID TO REST 2 (complete with the premier of LAID TO REST 2 clips). Plus my reviews of the premier of McKee’s THE WOMAN and MUTANT GIRL’S SQUAD. Lots to cover so stayed tuned and …