Tom Savini


Special Makeup Effects Designer

About

Birth Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Born
November 03, 1946

Biography

Served as a combat photographer in Vietnam where the real-life horrors he encountered doubtlessly influenced his subsequent astoundingly graphic depictions of on-screen violence. Savini's gory stomach-churning special makeup effects have been the major draw for many otherwise undistinguished horror films. His great moments in movie mayhem include a unwary camper receiving an arrow in his...

Family & Companions

Nancy Hare
Wife
Married in 1984.

Bibliography

"Grande Illusions"
Tom Savini, Michelucci (1988)

Biography

Served as a combat photographer in Vietnam where the real-life horrors he encountered doubtlessly influenced his subsequent astoundingly graphic depictions of on-screen violence. Savini's gory stomach-churning special makeup effects have been the major draw for many otherwise undistinguished horror films. His great moments in movie mayhem include a unwary camper receiving an arrow in his eye, a stumbling zombie getting the top of his head neatly sliced off by a whirling helicopter rotor, and legions of cockroaches bursting from the chest and mouth of a corpse.

Inspired as a child by the legendary achievements of Lon Chaney Sr., he developed an early passion for the magic of movie makeup. He also worked extensively as an actor and makeup artist in regional theater. Savini gained notoriety as the makeup FX mastermind behind the splatter movie cycle that hit its stride with the 1980 summer release of the immensely successful "Friday the 13th." His work in that film inspired scores of imitations. He even made several memorable appearances on the "David Letterman Show" to reveal some tricks of his specialized trade.

Savini's most important work was done in collaboration with the Pittsburgh-based horror auteur, George Romero. Though often memorably gross, the startling special makeup effects displayed in these films actually provide an action/horror comic-book texture to the darkly satirical proceedings.

Savini has been devoting more time to directing in the last several years. He has directed three episodes of the syndicated TV series, "Tales from the Darkside" and one feature film, the indifferently received remake of Romero's classic "Night of the Living Dead." In recent interviews Savini has expressed growing disinterest in the sort of clinically graphic shock effects that made him famous. He now advocates a more restrained atmospheric approach to the genre.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Machete Kills (2013)
The Dead Matter (2012)
Django Unchained (2012)
Dead Meat Walking - A Zombie Walk Documentary (2012)
Himself
Demonic (2010)
Machete (2010)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2007)
Grindhouse (2007)
Land of the Dead (2005)
Children of the Living Dead (2001)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Mr. Stitch (1996)
Heartstopper (1992)
Ron Vargo
Innocent Blood (1992)
Creepshow 2 (1987)
Creepshow (1982)
Knightriders (1981)
Maniac (1981)
Disco Boy
Effects (1979)
Dawn of the Dead (1979)
Martin (1978)

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

Ted Bundy (2002)
Special Effects Makeup
Heartstopper (1992)
Special Effects
Nightmares in a Damaged Brain (1981)
Special Effects Supervisor
The Burning (1981)
Special Effects
Effects (1979)
Special Effects
Dawn of the Dead (1979)
Special Effects
Martin (1978)
Special Effects

Make-Up (Feature Film)

Mr. Stitch (1996)
Makeup
Trauma (1993)
Special Makeup Effects
Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh (1991)
Special Makeup Effects
Red Scorpion (1989)
Special Makeup Effects
Monkey Shines (1988)
Special Makeup Effects
Creepshow 2 (1987)
Makeup
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Special Makeup Effects
Day of the Dead (1985)
Special Makeup Effects
Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
Special Makeup Effects
Friday the 13th, Part IV: The Final Chapter (1984)
Special Makeup Effects
Creepshow (1982)
Special Makeup Effects
Eyes Of A Stranger (1981)
Special Makeup Effects
Maniac (1981)
Special Makeup Effects
The Burning (1981)
Special Makeup Effects
The Burning (1981)
Makeup
Midnight (1980)
Special Makeup Effects
Friday the 13th (1980)
Makeup Effects
Dawn of the Dead (1979)
Makeup
Martin (1978)
Makeup
Deranged (1974)
Makeup
Deathdream (1972)
Makeup

Stunts (Feature Film)

Two Evil Eyes (1991)
Stunts
Monkey Shines (1988)
Stunts
Friday the 13th (1980)
Special Effects Stunts
Dawn of the Dead (1979)
Stunts

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon (1996)
Mufx Consultant ("The Mansion Of The Drowned")
Alone in the Dark (1982)
Other
The Burning (1981)
Other

Cast (Special)

The American Nightmare (2000)
A Night of Movie Magic (1995)

Life Events

1972

Feature debut as makeup assistant on Bob Clark's "Deathdream/Night Walk/Dead of Night"

1974

Feature debut as special makeup effects artist on "Deranged"

1976

First collaboration with George Romero as special makeup effects artist and actor on "Martin"

1979

Debut as stuntman and fight choreographer (also actor and makeup FX) for Romero's "Dawn of the Dead"

1981

First major supporting feature role as Morgan the Black Knight (also stunt man and makeup FX) in Romero's "Knightriders"

1982

Constructed monsters for Romero's "Creepshow" (also actor and makeup FX)

1984

TV directing debut, "Tales From the Darkside"

1990

Feature directing debut, "Night of the Living Dead" (remake)

Companions

Nancy Hare
Wife
Married in 1984.

Bibliography

"Grande Illusions"
Tom Savini, Michelucci (1988)