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Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini Celebrates Horror Special-Effects Legend

Are you a fan of horror movies? Well, you might want to make a big bowl of popcorn and get out your VHS collection of horror movies. The new documentary Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini will make you stay awake and watch all your favorite horror movies.

This documentary will bring back your memories of watching horror movies. From believable wrist-slashing effects in George A. Romero’s Martin to Tom Savini’s Special Makeup Effects Program, you will have a gore yet exciting experience.

The documentary features Tom Savini, Danny McBride, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Alice Cooper, Greg Nicotero, Tom Atkins, Corey Feldman, and more. The movie will showcase his journey from the start of working with Pittsburgh director George A. Romero. He assisted the director on movies like Martin, Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Monkey Shines, and Creepshow. And we will get to know about the make-up special effects on cult-classics The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and more.

Savini has always been open about his experiences in Vietnam that have inspired his make-up special effects. When he is asked the question, he says, “I get asked that question a lot. I did see a lot of first-hand anatomically correct gore and I think the most important part of that was if we create a dead body or situation there’s a certain feeling you get from seeing the real thing. If I’m creating a gory effect and I don’t get the same feeling when I saw the real stuff, I’m not satisfied.”

And if you have seen the latest poster of The Black Phone, you know who has made that terrifying effect. Yes, you guessed it right! Savini!

Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini









Apart from working on movies, he has also been the director of Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects Program at the Douglas Education Center. The course is running for two decades now and has already given brilliant make-up artists.

Andy Westfall and Jason Baker have produced Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini. Watch it on direct-to-VOD starting October 19.

Source: Movieweb

Written by Aditi Thosar