Wild Eye Releasing has released a trailer for an upcoming horror documentary titled Smoke And Mirrors: The Story Of Tom Savini.
Smoke And Mirrors: The Story Of Tom Savini takes us down the memory lane starting from the convincing wrist-slashing effect in the opening scenes of George A. Romero’s Martin to Savini’s Special Makeup Effects Program.
The movie revisits Savini’s beginnings working with Pittsburgh filmmaker Romero on films such as Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Creepshow, and Monkey Shines.
We also learn more about the special effects and makeup used in movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Friday the 13th (I-IV), Maniac, The Burning, and The Prowler.
Here’s the trailer:
The movie’s synopsis reads:
“Special Makeup Effects legend, Actor, Director, Stuntman. Tom Savini has redefined the horror genre with his arsenal on talents. But who is the man behind the “King of Splatter?” From his childhood in Pittsburgh, PA; to his tour of duty during Vietnam, to his beginnings with George A. Romero and beyond. Smoke and Mirrors is the defining documentary on the life and career of horror icon Tom Savini. “
The doc features Savini, Danny McBride, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Alice Cooper, Greg Nicotero, Tom Atkins, Corey Feldman, and more.
Savini is quite candid about how his experiences in Vietnam influenced his makeup effects.
When asked, he explains:
“I get asked that question a lot. I did see a lot of first-hand anatomically correct gore and I think the most important part of that was if we create a dead body or situation there’s a certain feeling you get from seeing the real thing. If I’m creating a gory effect and I don’t get the same feeling when I saw the real stuff, I’m not satisfied.”
Smoke And Mirrors: The Story Of Tom Savini is produced by Andy Westfall and Jason Baker. and is released on October 19th.