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Smoke and Mirrors - The Story of Tom Savini

USA 2015
produced by
Jason Baker, Andy Westfall, Kristi Hansen (executive), Mitchell Hansen (executive), John Lepper (executive), Robert Lucas (executive), Greg Nicotero (executive), Jennifer Grey Ogrin (executive), Adam Whitton (executive), Chase Whitton (executive) for Allegheny Image Factory
directed by Jason Baker
starring Tom Savini, Danny McBride, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Alice Cooper, Greg Nicotero, Tom Atkins, Corey Feldman, Doug Bradley, Bill Moseley, John Amplas, Howard Berger, Bill Cardille, Michael Felsher, Jerry Gergely, Sid Haig, Tim Lucas, Don May jr, Jerry Only, Debbie Rochon, James Rolfe, George A. Romero, John A. Russo, Lia Savini, Taso N. Stavrakis, Tony Todd, Ted White, Caroline Williams, Fred Williamson
written by Jason Baker

documentary

review by
Mike Haberfelner

If you're at all into horror and/or monster movies, it's safe to say that you've stumbled upon the work of special effects wizard Tom Savini more than once, as not only did he have his hands on many classics of modern horror, including Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th and Creepshow, he is also the most visible of special effects artists, due to numerous appearances on TV shows, and also as an actor, among others in many of George A. Romero's films and probably most prominently in Robert Rodriguez' From Dusk Till Dawn. Now this documentary sheds light on his biography, and not only from a fanboy point of view, and also uncovers some lesser known details about Savini's life, from his live theatre work to his family situation, and is accompanied by numerous interviews, not only with himself but also by numerous collaborators, some quite big names among them ...

 

Now of course it helps to be a fan of Savini and his work to enjoy the movie, but it's not necessary, as it approaches its subject matter very objectively and gives good insights. And while both the roster of interviewees and the clips from Savini's films are impressive, they never outshine the story but add to it, making this a really rounded out documentary you'll be happy to have watched.

 

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