Tom Savini, The King of Splatter – Movies, Biography

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Imagery can say so much more than words, usually in less time and with a greater effect. But in order for imagery to be effective, it must be delivered by a master. A student of the human natural uses emotion to help fuel the effect. He is truly a master of his craft, he is the monster-maker. He who creates the grand illusion. Tom Savini is directly responsible for many of the great images that have become some of today’s modern classics. He is “the man that made horror good again.”

Tom Savini has taken words and replaced them with images. His effects and wizardry have helped to deliver some of the horror most telling moments. Who could ever forget his classic zombies in “Dawn of the Dead”, “Day of the Dead”, and “Night of the Living Dead 1990”. His creatures from “Creepshow”, or classic killings in the original “Friday the 13th”. This is just some of the works of this maestro of mayhem.


Some people go to see movies for their favorite actors or actresses, or favorite director, but I go to see anything with Tom Savini’s name attached to it. Not all are good, but at least Tom Savini can deliver the goods. No matter if it is as an actor, director, doing stunts, or special effects, Tom Savini’s contributions are always top-notch.

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Probably my favorite of Tom Savini’s work is his and George Romero’s remake of “Night of the Living Dead”. I know that Tom Savini doesn’t have many fond memories of this production, but I thought it was great. This is definitely one of the best zombie movies in the last 10 years. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original, but I really enjoyed Savini’s re-crafting of this horror classic. Not many remakes even hold a candle to the original, but this one might have out shown it. Great job, Tom!!!!

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Savini and spending some time talking to him about his career and his views on the state of horror today. I found him very open and down to earth. He is definitely not your average Hollywood star. He is a true horror fan, who has never let us down.


Hopefully, someday Tom Savini will visit my site and find it a fitting tribute to the genre we all love horror. He has definitely greatly enhanced my horror enjoyment and I am very thankful. As always please e-mail me if you have anything you can add to this page, or if you have any comments, criticisms or suggestion.

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Tom Savini Movies/Films

Here is the long list of Tom Savini Movies Starting from 1972 to 2007.

  • Small Time Crime (2007)  …. Matthew
  • Silent Vengeance (2007) (V)…. Daniel Phillips
  • Horrorween (2007)  …. Killer
  • HellBilly 58 (2007) (V) …. Marv Williams
  • Sea of Dust (2006) …. Prester John
  • Grindhouse (2007) …. Deputy Tolo (segment “Planet Terror”)
  • Beyond the Wall of Sleep (2006) …. Sheriff
  • A Dream of Color in Black and White (2005) …. Cabby
  • Land of the Dead (2005) …. Machete Zombie
  • Forest of the Damned (2005) …. Stephen
  • Unearthed (2004) …. Victor Tonelli
  • Death 4 Told (2004) …. Man (segment “The Psychic”)
  • The Absence of Light (2004) …. The Higher Power
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004) …. The County Sheriff
  • Vicious (2003) (V) …. Kane
  • Zombiegeddon (2003) (V) …. Jesus Christ
  • Blood Bath (2002) (V) …. Stranger
  • Ted Bundy (2002) …. Salt Lake City Detective
  • Eyes Are Upon You (2001) …. Eddie Rao
  • Children of the Living Dead (2001) …. Deputy Hughs
  • Web of Darkness (2001) (V) …. Rouge
  • The Monster Man (2001) (V) …. Uncle JoeVampirates (2001)[Actor …. Blackbeard]
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  • Cold Hearts (1999)[Make-up Department]
  • Cutting Moments (1998)[Special Effects]
  • Claustrophobia (1998)[Actor] [Director]
  • Wishmaster (1997)[Actor …. Pharmacist Helper]
    • aka Wes Craven’s Wishmaster (1997)
  • Eyes Are Upon You (1997)[Actor …. Eddie Rao]
  • Mondo di Dario Argento 3: Il museo degli orrori di Dario Argento, Il (1997) (V)
  • Assassination File, The (1996) (TV)[Make-up Department]
    • aka Out In the Cold (1996) (TV)
  • From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)[Actor …. Sex Machine]
  • Demolitionist, The (1995)[Actor …. Roland]
  • Mr. Stitch (1995) (TV)[Actor …. Chemical/Weapons Engineer] [Make-up Department]
  • Killing Zoe (1994)[Make-up Department]
  • Necronomicon (1994)[Make-up Department]
    • aka H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon, Book of the Dead (1996) (USA: video title)
  • Trauma (1993)[Make-up Department]
    • aka Dario Argento’s Trauma (1993) (USA: complete title)
  • Heartstopper (1993)[Actor] [Special Effects]
  • Innocent Blood (1992)[Actor …. News Photographer]
    • aka French Vampire in America, A (1992)
  • Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh (1991)[Make-up Department]
    • aka Picking Up the Pieces (1991)
  • Due occhi diabolici (1990)[Make-up Department]
    • aka Two Evil Eyes (1990) (USA)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1990)[Director]
  • Red Scorpion (1989)[Special Effects]
  • Document of the Dead (1989)[Actor] [Miscellaneous crew]
  • Monkey Shines (1988)[Make-up Department]
    • aka Ella (1988)
    • aka Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear (1988) (USA: promotional title)
  • Creepshow 2 (1987)[Actor …. The Creep]
  • Drive-In Madness! (1987)[Actor …. Himself]
    • aka Screen Scaries (1987) (USA: video title)
  • Scream Greats, Vol. 1 (1986)[Actor]
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The (1986)[Make-up Department]
    • aka TCM 2 (1986) (USA: abbreviated title)
    • aka Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, The (1986) (USA: video box title)
  • Day of the Dead (1985)[Make-up Department]
  • Mondo dell’orrore di Dario Argento, Il (1985)[Actor …. Himself]
    • aka Dario Argento’s World of Horror (1985)
  • Ripper, The (1985)[Actor …. The spirit of Jack the Ripper]
  • Maria’s Lovers (1984)[Special Effects]
  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)[Make-up Department]
    • aka Friday the 13th Part 4 (1984)
  • “Tales from the Darkside” (1984) TV Series[Director]
  • Creepshow (1982)[Actor …. Garbage Man #2 (epilogue)] [Special Effects]
  • Alone in the Dark (1982)[Make-up Department]
  • Eyes of a Stranger (1981)[Make-up Department]
  • Burning, The (1981)[Make-up Department]
  • Knightriders (1981)[Actor …. Morgan]
  • Midnight (1981)[Special Effects]
    • aka Backwoods Massacre (1981)
  • Prowler, The (1981)[Make-up Department] [Special Effects]
    • aka Graduation, The (1981)
    • aka Rosemary’s Killer (1981)
  • Friday the 13th (1980)[Make-up Department]
  • Maniac (1980)[Actor …. Disco Boy] [Make-up Department]
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)[Actor …. Motorcycle Raider (blades)] [Special Effects]
  • [Stunts]
    • aka Dawn of the Living Dead (1978)
    • aka Zombi (1978) (Italy)
    • aka Zombie: Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    • aka Zombies (1978)
  • Effects (1978)[Actor …. Nicky] [Special Effects]
    • aka Death’s Director (1978
    • aka Manipulator, The (1978) (USA)
  • Martin (1978)[Actor …. Arthur] [Make-up Department] [Special Effects]
  • Deranged (1974/I)[Make-up Department]
  • Deathdream (1972)[Make-up Department] [Special Effects]
    • aka Dead of Night (1972/II)
    • aka Night Andy Came Home, The (1972)
    • aka Night Walk (1972)
    • aka Veteran, The (1972)
    • aka Whispers (1972) (USA: reissue title)