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Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini (2015)

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John Amplas ... Himself
Tom Atkins ... Himself
Howard Berger ... Himself
Doug Bradley ... Himself
Bill Cardille Bill Cardille ... Himself (as Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille)
Alice Cooper ... Himself
Corey Feldman ... Himself
Michael Felsher ... Himself
Jerry Gergely Jerry Gergely ... Himself
Sid Haig ... Himself
Tim Lucas Tim Lucas ... Himself
Don May Jr. Don May Jr. ... Himself
Danny McBride ... Himself
Bill Moseley ... Himself
Greg Nicotero ... Himself
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31 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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A Decent Homage to a Unique Gentleman
2 December 2016 | by Lance ManleySee all my reviews

Saw this at Sydney's A Night of Horror film festival in November 2016. Sat next to me was Tom Savini's sister-in-law. Well waddya know? Only a pity the great man himself couldn't be there.

The documentary focuses on Savini's life from a young boy, through his service as a military photographer in the Vietnam war and up to his work with George Romero & beyond.

While the documentary is genuinely fascinating, the 9/10 is because it focuses just a little too much on Savini himself and not on his work. OK, it's great to hear about his childhood and how Man of a Thousand Faces inspired him to become a special effects make up artist. It's also good to know how he loved/ loves theatre and acting. However hearing stories about his extended family, while welcome in small doses, detract a little from the pace of the story. This was however a "rough" cut so maybe things will be tightened up in editing before the film is given a commercial release.

I've been a fan of Savini's since Dawn of the Dead which I saw way back in 1987. He comes across as a genuinely genuine guy who loves life and has a real passion for his chosen subject. The deleted scenes from Dusk Till Dawn are amusing as are the outtakes from various movies.

Recommended, I just hope as I stated before, that this will be tightened up before it's given to the public.

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