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Creator / Tom Savini

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"Film is a truly magical medium. You can create illusions of reality, make people think they've seen things that they really haven't — like blowing a guy's head off with a shotgun."

Thomas Vincent Savini (born November 3, 1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a special effects artist and an actor, known for his contributions to the Horror genre and his frequent collaborations with George A. Romero, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino, as well as his tutelage of Greg Nicotero, who himself became an esteemed makeup artist. He rose to prominence for his work in the original Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Slasher Movies like Friday the 13th (parts I and IV) and The Prowler. He also directed the first remake of Night of the Living Dead in 1990.

His special effects and makeup work includes:

His acting appearances include:

His video game credits include:

Additionally, him and his makeup effects team help create and design The Fiend. Specifically, his team created the mask that Bray Wyatt wears as The Fiend and Savini help create a custom designed SmackDown Universal Championship belt with its design taking after The Fiend's mask.

The man himself provides examples of:

  • Advertised Extra:
    • His role in The Ripper is limited to Ripper's onscreen appearances after his face is revealed, but that didn't stop anyone releasing the movie on VHS or DVD with giving Savini a top billing.
    • Likewise, he gets top billing in Children of the Living Dead despite only appearing for the first ten minutes or so.
  • As Himself: Voices himself in The Simpsons episode "Worst Episode Ever".
  • Chronically Killed Actor: Characters played by him usually end up dead.
  • Gorn: He's given some of the best special effects ever in this field.
  • Signature Style: Savini's effects work usually involves corpses that still twitch and move after their demise, especially after losing their heads.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He hates insects with a passion. So naturally he was called in to work on the "They're Creeping Up on You" segment of Creepshow. He has recounted how one of the cockroaches touched him at one point, and he suddenly realized he was on the other side of the room.