Before They Were Stars: Sid Haig in “The Host”

Since we just did a Shouts From the Back Row podcast about short films, I’ve dug up another curiosity called The Host, a Twilight Zone-esque western which features the acting debut of one of our most legendary B-movie stars, Sid Haig. The film was made in 1962 by UCLA film student/future exploitation director Jack Hill, who went on to make such grindhouse classics as Coffy, Switchblade Sisters and The Swinging Cheerleaders, and would work with Sid Haig eight more times. One of Hill’s classmates at UCLA was Francis Ford Coppola and apparently, he used The Host as an inspiration for the last act of Apocalypse Now.

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