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Tom Savini



Dubbed "The Godfather of Gore" for his brilliant make-up and special effects work on countless horror movies, Tom Savini has grossed people out as the guy behind the gore on films ranging from Friday the 13th to Night of the Living Dead to Quentin Tarantino's From Dusk Till Dawn.



Developing an interest in magic and illusion as a child, when he was inspired by the 1957 Lon Chaney biopic Man of a Thousand Faces, Savini spent most of his youth in his room, inventing characters and experimenting with make-up techniques. After studying acting and directing at Carnegie Mellon University, he went to Vietnam as a combat photographer for the Army; ironically, he would later gain fame for simulating on the screen the same kind of carnage he witnessed first-hand during the war.



Savini first began working as a make-up and special effects man on horror movies during the early 1970s. Some of his more notable work during that decade and the subsequent years includes George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978), and Day of the Dead (1985), Friday the 13th (1980), the Creepshow series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), Dario Argento's Trauma (1992), a 1995 re-make of Romero's Night of the Living Dead, which Savini also directed, and Tarantino's From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).



In addition to his make-up and special effects work, Savini has a number of acting and directing credits to his name on the stage, screen, and television. He has also written a number of books about his trade and has been the subject of the documentary series Scream Greats.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Dead Matter
  • Actor
2014
28% Machete Kills
  • Osiris Amanapur
2013
No Score Yet Cool As Hell
  • Actor
2013
88% Django Unchained
  • Tracker
2012
86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Mr. Callahan
2012
43% The Theatre Bizarre
  • Director
  • Dr. Maurey (Wet Dreams)
2012
No Score Yet Death from Above
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet I Heart Monster Movies
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Dead Meat Walking: A Zombie Walk Documentary
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood
  • Sheriff of Nottingham
2012
72% Machete
  • Osiris Ampanpour
2010
No Score Yet His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
  • Host
2009
No Score Yet It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Sea of Dust
  • Prester John
2009
0% Lost Boys: The Tribe
  • Van Etten
2008
No Score Yet Drive-In Madness
  • Host
2008
No Score Yet Fantastic Flesh
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Horrorween 3D
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Zombie Jamboree: 25th Anniversary Convention for "Night of the Living Dead"
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Zombiemania
  • Actor
2008
62% Diary of the Dead
  • Actor
2007
77% Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)
  • Deputy Tolo
2007
83% Grindhouse
  • Deputy Tolo
2007
No Score Yet It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Absence of Light
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Beyond the Wall of Sleep
  • Sheriff
2006
No Score Yet Demonic
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet A Dream of Color in Black and White
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Demonic
  • Stephen
2005
No Score Yet Death 4 Told
  • Actor
2004
75% Dawn of the Dead
  • The Sheriff
2004
No Score Yet Unearthed
  • Det. Victor Tonelli
2004
No Score Yet Beyond the Wall of Sleep
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Vicious
  • Kane
2003
No Score Yet Vicious
  • Actor
2003
41% Ted Bundy
  • Detective
2002
No Score Yet The Monster Man
  • Actor
2001
93% Spy Kids
  • Actor
2001
67% The American Nightmare
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Children of the Living Dead
  • Dep. Hughs
2001
No Score Yet Demon Lust
  • Eddie "The Goose" Rao
2000
68% Night of the Living Dead
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Demon Lust
  • Actor
1997
64% From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Sex Machine
1996
0% The Demolitionist
  • Roland
1995
No Score Yet Mr. Stitch
  • Chemical Weapons Engineer
1995
No Score Yet Horror Effects
  • Actor
1993
41% Innocent Blood
  • News Photographer
1992
No Score Yet Heartstopper
  • Actor
1992
33% Creepshow 2
  • The Creep
1987
No Score Yet Drive-In Madness! (Screen Scaries)
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Horror Effects
  • Host
1987
No Score Yet Il Mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento (Dario Argento's World of Horror)
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Ripper
  • The spirit of Jack the Ripper
1985
69% Creepshow
  • Garbage Man
1982
75% Knightriders
  • Morgan
1981
43% Maniac
  • Disco Boy
1980
92% Dawn of the Dead
  • Blades
1979
No Score Yet Effects
  • Nicky
1978
93% Martin
  • Arthur
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Face Off
2011
  • Judge
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice

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