Tom Savini

Special makeup effects designer, Director, Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/03/1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

Death Island 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Doc of the Dead 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Horrorween 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Dead Matter 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Face Off 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Halloween Wars 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

Osiris Amanapur (Actor)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

Tracker (Actor)

Robin Hood: The Ghost of Sherwood 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 4th Reich 2012 (Movie)

SS-Standartenführer Dirlewanger (Actor)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Callahan (Actor)

Dead Meat Walking - A Zombie Walk Documentary 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Machete 2010 (Movie)

Osiris Amanpour (Actor)

Zack and Miri Make a Porno 2008 (Movie)

Jenkins (Actor)

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2007 (Movie)

On-Camera Interview (Actor)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

Deputy Tolo (Actor)

Boogeymen II: Masters of Horror 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Demonic 2005 (Movie)

Stephen (Actor)

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead 2005 (Movie)

Machete Zombie (Actor)

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Fate 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The American Nightmare 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

Sex Machine (Actor)

A Night of Movie Magic 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartstopper 1992 (Movie)

Ron Vargo (Actor)

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

News Photographer (Actor)

Creepshow 2 1987 (Movie)

The Creep (Actor)

Creepshow 1982 (Movie)

2nd Garbage Man (Actor)

Knightriders 1981 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

Maniac 1981 (Movie)

Disco Boy (Actor)

Dawn of the Dead 1979 (Movie)

Motorcycle Raider (Actor)

Effects 1978 (Movie)

Nicky (Actor)

Martin 1978 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Mr. Stitch (TV Show)

Actor
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (21)

Trauma 1992 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh 1990 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Red Scorpion 1989 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Monkey Shines 1988 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Creepshow 2 1987 (Movie)

makeup effects consultant (Makeup)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 1986 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Day of the Dead 1985 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Invasion U.S.A. 1985 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter 1984 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Creepshow 1982 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Eyes of a Stranger 1981 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Maniac 1981 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

The Burning 1981 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

The Burning 1981 (Movie)

makeup effects (Makeup)

Friday the 13th 1980 (Movie)

Special Make-up Effects (Makeup Effects)

The Prowler 1980 (Movie)

special makeup (Makeup)

Dawn of the Dead 1979 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Midnight 1979 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Martin 1978 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Deranged 1973 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Dead of Night 1971 (Movie)

(Makeup)
Visual Effects & Animation (10)

Death Island 2014 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Ted Bundy 2002 (Movie)

Special Effects Makeup (Special Effects)

Cold Hearts 2001 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Heartstopper 1992 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

The Burning 1981 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Nightmares in a Damaged Brain 1980 (Movie)

(Special Effects Supervisor)

The Prowler 1980 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Dawn of the Dead 1979 (Movie)

cosmetic special effects (Special Effects)

Effects 1978 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Martin 1978 (Movie)

(Special Effects)
Physical Effects (4)

Two Evil Eyes 1991 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Monkey Shines 1988 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Friday the 13th 1980 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Dawn of the Dead 1979 (Movie)

(Stunts)
Director (2)

Death Island 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Night of the Living Dead 1990 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Death Island 2014 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Other (3)

H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon 1994 (Movie)

MUFX consultant("The Mansion of the Drowned") (Consultant)

Alone in the Dark 1982 (Movie)

Tom's apparition (Other)

The Burning 1981 (Movie)

horror sequence design (Other)

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.

Relationships

Nancy Hare

Wife
married in 1984

EDUCATION

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

Milestones

1990

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

1984

TV directing debut, "Tales From the Darkside"

1982

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

1981

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

1979

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

1976

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

1974

Feature debut as special makeup effects artist on "Deranged"

1972

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

Worked (gratis) for local Pittsburgh TV station's weekly "Chiller Theater", creating monsters and doing makeup for the host at age 16

First job, member of traveling group that put on horror and magic shows at movie theaters during intermissions at age 14

Bonus Trivia

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Writing in "Nightmare Movies", Kim Newman notes that Savini "insists on having total control over the staging of shots in which his gore effects appear, and he is a better film-maker than the clods who string the murders together." Savini is interviewed in Stanley Wiater's "Dark Visions: Conversations with the Masters of the Horror Film" (New York: Avon Books, 1992).

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