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24 January 1986 (Japan) See more »
Take a long look at everthing that makes you close your eyes
A documentary detailing the career of makeup artist Tom Savini, including clips from the various movies he's worked on. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tom Savini ... Himself

George A. Romero ... Himself
Doug Clayton ... Himself

Taso N. Stavrakis ... Himself (as Taso Stavrakis)

Greg Nicotero ... Himself (as Greg Nickotero)
Nancy Savini ... Herself, Tom Savini's wife
Robert Martin ... Himself, Fangoria Magazine (as Bob Martin)
David Everitt ... Himself, Fangoria Magazine

Ned Eisenberg ... Himself
Barry Alan Richmond ... Himself

Joseph Pilato ... Himself (archive footage) (as Joe Pilato)
Lia Savini ... Herself, Tom Savini's four-month-old daughter

Directed by
Damon Santostefano 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brooks Peters 

Produced by
Norman Jacobs .... executive producer
Linda Laias .... producer
Kerry O'Quinn .... executive producer
Damon Santostefano .... producer
Original Music by
Daniel Lessner  (as Dan Lessner)

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"Scream Greats, Vol. 1: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Effects" - USA (original title)
"Scream Greats, Vol. 1" - USA (short title)
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60 min | Canada:53 min
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Not a bad look at the master of gore, 31 January 2001
Author: Pearce Duncan from Wellington, New Zealand

Scream Greats Vol. 1 is an entertaining, if slightly sloppy, video documentary about makeup fx maestro Tom Savini. There's plenty of interview footage and some good behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as some good, though brief, appearances by George Romero. Fangoria editors Bob Martin and David Everett also show up, probably just because their magazine sponsored the tape.

The clips are plentiful and gory, taking us through most of Savini's career up until Day of the Dead, though for some reason his first two movies, Deathdream and Deranged, are skipped, implying Martin was his first assignment. Savini himself is very entertaining, and we seem to get a good portrait of the man.

It's a bit haphazardly constructed (director Damon Santostefano also made Fangoria Films' dreadful Severed Ties) but the great interviews and an amazing array of gory clips from Savini's filmography more than make up for it. Scream Greats Vol. 1 doesn't challenge Dario Argento's World of Horror as the best ever horror movie documentary, but it's well worth tracking down for fans (if you can find it!) and certainly a lot better than Scream Greats Vol. 2.

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