Sid Haig was just as surprised as fans that he was reprising his role as Capt. Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s horror film, “3 from Hell,” that’s slated for release this year.
Haig — whose character had pivotal roles in Zombie’s “House of 1,000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects,” too — will make an appearance to promote the film and his career at Mad Monster Party Friday, June 28, to Sunday, June 30, at We-Ko-Pa Resort in Fountain Hills.
“I always have a good time there,” he said. “It’s not loaded with guests who have done one thing 30 years ago. They’re all current. It’s a lot better. The vendors are great. It’s just a good atmosphere.”
He called it a much more intimate affair than San Diego’s Comicon.
“Comicon may have 100,000 people there,” he said. “You can’t move, no matter which direction you go. You’re like salmon moving upstream. This is much more organized and smaller.”
Other guests include Kane Hodder, Tom Atkins, Doug Jones, Matthew Lillard, Ray Wise, Robert Patrick, Adrienne Barbeau, James Jude Courtney, Marisol Ramirez, Danny Lloyd, Elvira and Miko Hughes.
Mad Monster Party features Cosplay Sunday, Scaraoke, the Mad Monster Charity Auction, costume contest, celebrity Q&A panels and a “Ghostbusters” 35th anniversary scavenger hunt.
Haig has been embraced by horror film lovers, thanks to Capt. Spaulding, a vulgar clown who owns a gas station that acts as a museum/haunted house ride.
“Initially, when I was offered the role, I read it and I felt I could have so much fun doing this,” he said. “I said, ‘Let’s do this.’ It was just off-the-hook crazy. It was an all-around fun experience. If we came up with something off-script and it worked, Rob just left it alone.”
Haig has a simple reason for his character’s acceptance.
“I was just doing my job,” he said. “But, the fans make everything happen. If it wasn’t for fans, we wouldn’t be anything. The interaction with the fans is what’s so much fun. I can go crazy with them and it’s all fun.”
If You Go
What: Mad Monster Party
Where: We-Ko-Pa Resort, 10438 N. Fort McDowell Road, Fountain Hills
When: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 28; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30
Tickets: $30-$199, depending on package purchased