Smoke & Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies

Every generation we receive at least one master of special effects. We have been gifted with people like Lon Chaney, Sr., Jack Pierce, Willis O'Brien, Phil Leakey, Ray Harryhausen, and Tom Savini. And that is why I am here today. We will be discussing Tom Savini.

Special makeup effects legend. Actor. Director. Stuntman and he has even been a Grip and Lighting on a few movies. If there was a job on a movie, Savini has done it. That is why Tom Savini has redefined the horror genre with his gigantic array of talents. He knows what will or won’t work in a scene. He is the King of Splatter. 

And this documentary gives us a close look at the man. From his childhood in Pittsburgh, PA, to his tour of duty in Vietnam, his beginnings with George A. Romero and beyond, Smoke and Mirrors is the defining documentary on the life and career of horror movie icon Tom Savini. This new doc tells us the incredible back story of Savini from his humble beginnings to his current status as one of the most important makeup effects artists today. 

The documentary will feature Tom Savini (duh), Danny McBride, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Alice Cooper, Greg Nicotero, Tom Atkins, Doug Bradley, Bill Moseley, and many more. Savini has worked on everything you can imagine from horror. Movies like Friday the 13th or Dawn of the Dead (and dozens more) without Savini would be completely different than what we know.

From Wild Eye Releasing, director Jason Baker’s Smoke and Mirrors hits Digital on October 19. Horror collectors, a special edition Blu-ray will be available sometime in 2022. 

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