Tom Savini

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Tom Savini holds a Ruger Security Six as Deputy Tolo in Planet Terror (2007).

Tom Savini has been hailed as one of the all time legends of screen make-up and practical special effects. Perhaps best known for his involvement in George A. Romero's "Dead trilogy" (specifically Dawn of the Dead & Day of the Dead) as well as directing the 1990 remake of the original Night of the Living Dead. He also worked on a great many other films, both in special effects and make-up (and occasionally stunt work) from 1974 onwards, as well as appearing (usually in a cameo) in many movies (39 as of August 2009), including notable roles in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Planet Terror, and Machete. He has acquired a significant cult following, mainly among fans of of fantasy/horror genre films of the 1980/90's.

He apparently gained a realization of the potential gruesomeness of injury to the human body during his role as a combat photographer in the US Army during the Vietnam War, which undoubtedly contributed to his later success/notoriety. He was also greatly influenced, in his childhood, by silent movie actor Lon Chaney, specifically the make-up effects whose application he was best known for.


Tom Savini can be seen using the following weapons in the following films:

Film

Gun Character Title Note Date
M1911A1 Blades Dawn of the Dead (1978) 1978
Double Barreled Shotgun Stand in for Joe Spinell Maniac 1980
Codpiece Revolver Sex Machine From Dusk Till Dawn 1996
Colt Python Dep. Tolo Planet Terror 2007
Ruger Security Six Dep. Tolo Planet Terror 2007
Mossberg 500 Dep. Tolo Planet Terror 2007
USAS-12 Shotgun Osiris Amanpour Machete 2010
Norinco Type 56 Osiris Amanpour Machete Kills 2013



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