While modern audiences probably know him best from his work in the Rob Zombie films House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, Sid Haig has been working in film and television since 1960 (his performance in 1968's Spider Baby has always been a personal favorite). In addition to acting, he's directed plays, commercials and documentaries, and now he's finally getting a chance to direct a feature film. According to Fangoria, Haig will be helming Wittenberg, a psychological thriller that will begin shooting in May for Excellence on Demand Films. The script has been written by actress Jill Gatsby, daughter of cult film director Larry Cohen (God Told Me To, and the It's Alive films). The film will be about a reality TV show set in the Wittenberg mental facility, in which contestants will live like actual mental patients to see if the experience will drive them mad. Sound's a bit like VH1's The Surreal Life to me. In addition to directing, Haig will be playing the twisted Dr. Dorian who makes life hell for the contestants.

"I can't wait to get started on this film," Haig says. "The psychological aspects are truly horrific and twisted. I like it! I have been waiting for an opportunity to direct a film for a very long time, and I could not have found a better first project to show my skills." Also appearing will be William Smith (not to be confused with Will Smith), Nicole Travolta, Ezra Buzzington, horror author Joe Knetter,Steve Barton and Oscar Dillon. Actor and special effects artist P. David Miller and Tammi Ann Bishop will be producing.
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