Greetings all you cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers. Today our focus is on watching as many clips as possible of Mr. Tom Savini, the Godfather of big-screen beasts and splatter effects. It’s easy to understand some of the jaw-dropping facial expressions on the kids in the audience at these talk show appearances. My mind is still blown as we sit here 30 years after this first interview aired. The hard work and craftsmanship that’s put into these fleshy puppets, props and masks really shows and is a huge part of why it’s so appealing.
These first clips are parts 1 + 2 of an interview from the show Livewire, a kid’s show on Nickelodeon which aired in 1982, a time during which Tom had already completed work on Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th, The Burning, Maniac, Creepshow and many others.
Throughout the years gorehounds and creature fiends could see Savini’s make-up and special effect skills in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Creepshow 2, Tales From the Darkside and so on. The following clip is more fun times on the Late Show with David Letterman. You’ll have to put up with Letterman’s whining on this one.
“Horror Effects” – a 37-minute video of step-by-step demonstrations of some of his most lavish, gory illusions. Hosted by Savini himself. Watch it.
“Scream Greats” – a documentary on Savini’s career and clips from selected films he’s worked on. Watch it.