Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini

2015

Documentary /

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IMDb Rating 7.3

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1.74G
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English
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91 min
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Reviewed by randomthoughtsofmadness 8

I don&#39;t think this has ever been officially released.I had the pleasure of seeing an cut of this at Montreal Comiccon in 2012. This film is an interesting look at Tom&#39;s life and career. How he went from special effects master, to actor, to teaching the next generation of practical special effects artists. At the time it needed some tweaking but it was still a very interesting look into the life of an icon. That said, there are not really any huge revelations in this doc. A lot of what&#39;s said here has been said elsewhere but it was nice to have everything about Tom&#39;s career encapsulated in one source.<br/><br/>It&#39;s too bad this thing has not been released yet, I recall there being a Kickstarter to finish the film but it&#39;s been listed as &quot;coming soon&quot; since 2015. My guess is that securing the rights to movie clips has either been difficult or cost prohibitive. Sadly, without the visual elements it wouldn&#39;t be as visually entertaining since as I said, a lot of what&#39;s talked about has been said in many other places.<br/><br/>I&#39;m not sure if this is still being screen anywhere either.

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Reviewed by lance_manley-481-66166 9

Saw this at Sydney&#39;s A Night of Horror film festival in November 2016. Sat next to me was Tom Savini&#39;s sister-in-law. Well waddya know? Only a pity the great man himself couldn&#39;t be there.<br/><br/>The documentary focuses on Savini&#39;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 &amp; beyond.<br/><br/>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&#39;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&#39;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 &quot;rough&quot; cut so maybe things will be tightened up in editing before the film is given a commercial release.<br/><br/>I&#39;ve been a fan of Savini&#39;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. <br/><br/>Recommended, I just hope as I stated before, that this will be tightened up before it&#39;s given to the public.<br/><br/>A-

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Reviewed by deandraslater 9

If you&#39;re interested in horror films or makeup effects, this is definitely the movie for you. It&#39;s a deeply personal and interesting look into the life of makeup effects master Tom Savini, warts and all. I never knew Savini had such an interesting life until this documentary. I&#39;d known about his Vietnam days a bit, but I never knew he had such a passion for acting and it occurred to me that, perhaps, this might have been his true love. I&#39;d always assumed that he&#39;d fallen into acting due to his makeup effects work.<br/><br/>Savini comes across as an incredibly likable, intelligent, and warm guy and his daughters obviously think the world of him, which leads me to believe he&#39;s a wonderful father as well.<br/><br/>If you have Shudder, this is most definitely worth your time to get a peek behind the curtain of one of the most creative minds of horrordom.

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