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:
|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)||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|