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9194552d5c5c45578aba7aca476d99b6_mdToday was truly a day that most horror fans woke up in utter sadness when we discovered that legendary actor Sid Haig, who played Captain Spaulding in the Rob Zombie Firefly Family trilogy passed away at the age of 80 from an accident a couple of weeks back where he had apparently taken a nasty spill. His wife, Susan L. Oberg had posted that he was winning the fight earlier in the week, but she had taken down the comment and then  she posted this on Instagram, “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.” Sid Haig got his start in horror films like Blood Bath and Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told which believe it or not was one of the first time I had seen him in a film after I went on a Lon Chaney Jr. binge. From there he would star in some Blaxploitation films like Coffy and Foxy Brown.

sid-haig-passing-main2He would spend much of the 80’s getting roles on TV shows before he took a little break in the 90’s. It wasn’t until 1997’s Jackie Brown which was made by Quentin Tarantino that he would make his return to film. It wasn’t until 2003’s House Of 1000 Corpses by Rob Zombie that Sid would forever carve his name and legacy into the Horror books with his most iconic role as the murderous clown Captain Spaulding. He would once again dawn the grease paint for the sequel The Devil’s Rejects which became a mega hit. He would go on to star in more films like Night Of The Living Dead 3D, Rob Zombie’s Halloween & Lords Of Salem, Hatchet III, Death House before making a brief appearance in the final film to the Firefly Family trilogy 3 From Hell. Rob talks about the complications of his appearance saying, “The movie that I prepped to make, and was getting ready to start shooting, it was Captain Spaulding, Otis, and Baby, the three originals. But three weeks out from shooting, I got a call from Sid Haig. He had been in the hospital, and he had just had surgery, and he was now recovering in a rehabilitation facility. I’m like, holy sh—, this is a serious business. So, I went to see him, and he had changed drastically from the last time I saw him. Because Sid, he’s big and burly, and now he’s tiny as a skeleton. So, I was like, oh man. I kind of realized, yeah, he’s in rough shape.”

download (1)Rob Zombie would go on to say, “Lionsgate was fine with me sort of sneaking him in one day to shoot as much as I could. It was on me to make sure that nothing went wrong. So I got him in, I shot everything I could shoot.” Sid would also star in films like Bone Tomahawk, Kill Bill, Vol. 2, and so many more films. Rosario Dawson, who once worked with Sid in a deleted scene in The Devil’s Rejects had this to say about him, “Oh! Dear Sid. You will be missed beloved. Grateful to have met and worked with you. What a talent and energy graced this earth. Blessings and love to your adored family.” Fangoria Magazine honored Sid on Twitter saying, “RIP to horror legend, our friend, Sid Haig. We will miss you, Captain.” Special FX guru Tom Savini took to Twitter as well saying, “Goodbye Sid Haig. A great mate to hang with. An enthralling storyteller. A class act. One of a kind. An historical landmark that will missed forever.” B-Movie critic and legendary host Joe Bob Briggs reminded us on Twitter of how much Sid loved all of his fans saying, “Let history record that just last month Sid Haig showed up for the Scares That Care charity event, flying cross country and taking care of his fans even when he was having trouble walking. He loved the horror family as much as horror loved him.” Sid Haig was and always will be a true legend in the world of Horror and cinema. We love you Sid and we will cherish the moments you left us forever. R.I.P. Sid Haig (1939-2019)

the challenge 2020Back in 2016, I accomplished a goal that I had been messing around with for years and that goal was to watch a film every day for one whole entire year. One year, I had made it to the 90’s mark while another had fizzled out in the 70’s. In 2016 though, I started the challenge on January 1st with the film Aloha and ended it on December 31ST with The Man With One Red Shoe. You can check out the blog for yourself right here at 365moviesin365dayschallenge.wordpress.com and see all of the films that I watched. It was one of the most exhausting moments of my life because it took a lot out of me to stay that committed to not only watch a film, but then to blog about it every day after watching it. Truth be told, it took me a year to shake off the effects of the challenge, but to be honest I was just craving another crack at it with different versions. I tried watching a wrestling match every day for a year and failed. I tried reading a comic book a day in 2018 and failed after 200 plus days. I just wasn’t ready to try again and I needed the right media format to continue and I think I have it folks. That is why I am declaring that on January 1, 2020, I will once again embark on the journey of watching one film a day, but this time it’s not for 365 days or 366 days, it’s to see how long I can go before I ultimately tap out. I ultimately want to hit 400 plus days, but that is going to take a lot of commitment from me. That is why I have compiled a list on IMDB as well of possible choices for the challenge. Remember, it’s 400 plus films that I have never seen before because that is what makes the challenge fun. We’ll see what happens, but for now stay tuned for more info as it comes.

steve-dashFor those of you who do not who Steve Daskewisz is, he was an actor known to horror fans every where as Steve Dash, the man who would don the infamous sackhead mask that Jason Voorhees originally used in Friday The 13TH Part II. So, it’s safe to say that Steve Dash is the original adult Jason Voorhees the series ever had and it’s with sadness that I announce that Steve has passed away. We learned two weeks ago that Steve was due to have his leg amputated due complications from Diabetes, but Monster Mania reported today that he passed away. A couple of weeks, Steve took to Facebook to tell fans, “I have an update on my condition. They’re amputating my left leg tomorrow afternoon. It’s been pretty tough suffering from diabetes, blood clots and a bad heart over the last year. I welcome the decision I’ve made because I will be able to play golf in 6-8 weeks with a brand new leg. Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and personal messages to me. The fans are the best fans on the planet.” Steve was recently tapped to appear in the Friday The 13TH fan film titled Vengeance, A Friday The 13TH Fan Film, but that is now not going to happen. Steve was a regular at horror conventions where he always took the time to speak to fans and has starred in films like Alone In The Dark, 13 Tzameti, and Mr. Hush to name a few. R.I.P. Steve Dash (March 14, 1944- December 18, 2018)

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Fox-Disney-700x300One of the biggest megadeals was pulled off three days ago after much speculation that the Walt Disney Company was inquiring about purchasing some assets from Rupert Murdoch and his company Fox. Disney paid them 52.4 billion which means that the company that owns Star Wars, Marvel, ESPN, ABC, will now acquire 21ST Century Fox which includes 20TH Century Fox, 20TH Century Fox Television, any Fox owned cable networks (FX and National Geographic), as well as Fox’s 30 percent share in HULU. While the deal may seem insane, it is a huge power move for Disney who is essentially number one in films, but it powers them up with the number three company in film in Fox. Now if you need me to spell out what the company now owns, let me do that for you then. The company now owns the Alien franchise, Predator, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Ice Age, the Planet Of The Apes reboots, The Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother, FuturamaFirefly, and The X-Files. That is just the tip of the iceberg that the company now owns as they get ready to develop their own streaming service for the public.

thumb-1920-618647Now what I am most excited about when it comes to this deal are the possibilities as far as the MCU is concerned. They have already promised that Deadpool 2 would remain rated R, but just imagine what they can do moving forward with Phase 4 of the MCU. We know that Spider-Man 2 and Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 will be Phase four films, but there is not that much else that we do know and what a better time to add the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to the mix. Just think of all the characters that they will have access to moving forward and what kind of story lines that they’ll be able to explore as well. We have seen through three phases that the big boss villain at the end of it has been Thanos we get to fully meet him in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, but who is going to be that big boss villain moving forward after that? If you ask me, the next possible villain for it all could be the one and only true eater of worlds in Galactus. We could also stars introducing villains like Kang The Conqueror, Namor, and even some X-Men villains like Mister Sinister, Apocalypse (or at least do him justice), and Omega Red to name a few. As you can tell I am pretty excited for that aspect of the merger and the fact that all of the Xenomorphs are now Disney Princesses too. It remains to be seen what they will do with all this property and what the current films coming out will mean for Marvel (New Mutants and Dark Phoenix). Stay tuned and we will try to keep you updated!

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AAqMrXi.imgToday the horror world lost yet another legend when legendary director Tobe Hooper passed away at the age of 74 on Saturday in his home in Sherman Oaks, California. Tobe Hooper was the man responsible for bringing us one of the original slashers in Leatherface for 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre before moving on to direct such classics as Salem’s Lot, The Funhouse, and 1982’s Poltergeist. Tobe changed the face of horror whether he knew it at the time in 1974, but he helped cement the building blocks for the Slasher horror genre. Tobe’s work didn’t stop in the 80’s as he provided us with some classics in the 90’s to 2000’s like The Mangler, Toolbox Murders, Mortuary, before he directed his final film in 2013 in Djinn. One film that I will be looking to see that is actually the last thing that Tobe helped produce is the Leatherface film that comes out this October which I am sure you will see me review for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween. One thing is for certain with Tobe Hooper and that is he not only made me afraid of the state of Texas as a child, but also of Ghosts that can grab you and suck you into the television and other horrors faced in Poltergeist. Not to mention that I was afraid of going into Funhouses thanks to him, but I guess those can be scary regardless. One of my favorite films to this day from him is Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 which he threw a more comedic approach to the film, but it was campy and fun as well as iconic. He will be missed, R.I.P. Tobe Hooper (January 25, 1943-August 26, 2017).

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Anton-Yelchin-Net-WorthYou hate to wake up and hear about tragedy striking once again especially the way 2016 has gone. We have lost so many great actors, musicians, etc. this year and now unfortunately we add another to the list. Russian born actor Anton Yelchin passed away today in a freak car accident at the age of 27. According to LAPD rep Jennifer Houser, “The victim was on his way to meet his friends for a rehearsal and when he didn’t show up, his friends went to his house where they found him deceased by his car. It appears that he momentarily left his car, leaving it in the driveway. He was behind the vehicle when it rolled backward and pinned him to the brick pillar causing the trauma that led to his death.” Anton Yelchin starred in films like my one of my favorites in Alpha Dog as well as Star Trek, Charlie Bartlett, Like Crazy, 5 To 7, Fright Night, The Smurfs, Terminator Salvation, and many more. The first time I saw Anton Yelchin was in the film Alpha Dog and I just remember being blown away by his performance. He  was definitely an actor to look out for and he proved it with every film whether it was an independent release or a major motion picture.

005ADG_Anton_Yelchin_021Some actors have already commented on his passign with Chris Evans saying, “Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” Tyler Shields posted, “I had dinner with Anton Yelchin 2 nights ago we talked about shooting together and making movies he is a great guy very sad to see him go.” The only fortunate thing is that we do still have some movies that are going t come out that starred Anton like the latest Star Trek film as well as a film entitled Porto, We Don’t Belong Here, Rememory, and Thoroughbred according to IMDB.com.  Anton will be missed for sure. R.I.P. Anton Yelchin (March 11, 1989 to June 19, 2016).

the-conjuring-2-stillWhether you are a fan of these types of horror films or not, you have to be happy about the news regarding The Conjuring 2. The Conjuring 2 came in first place according to EW.com making $40.4 million from 3,343 screens. The Conjuring 2 was one of three high profile films that came out this past weekend (June 10-12) with Warcraft coming in second place with 24.4 million made while Now You See Me 2 coming in third making 23.3 million. The Conjuring 2 didn’t make as much money as the first film, but the difference in sales in first week is only 1.5 million which you can now bet that there’ll be a third film. The only question is who will direct it because James Wan who has proven his films are box office gold is supposed to be directing the Aquaman film soon for DC. The only true test for The Conjuring 2 is whether it can hold off Finding Dory and Central Intelligence which stars The Rock and Kevin Hart as both films are released later this week. So as I said before, this is a big victory for Horror films in general and if you havent seen the film then go do so now. Here is a review of the film that I did for my 365 movies in 365 days challenge blog by clicking here.