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Tom Savini’s Appearances on Letterman Are Pure Gore Gold

by Trey Hilburn III

In preparation for Tom Savini’s upcoming documentary, Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini, I have been going back and watching Q & As, interviews, speeches and promos the Maestro of the Macabre has done over the years.

Savini’s insights, influences and methodology have made a huge impact on my life. He was the first person in horror that I became a fan of in my youth. The first one, I would dig through Fangoria to find. He is of course a legend of make up effects but also a huge inspiration.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet Savini on a set visit for the second season of El Rey’s From Dusk Till Dawn series and I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with him at Texas Frightmare Weekend. Always humble and rad beyond belief, Savini has maintained my fandom from adolescence and beyond.

Out of all the content that I’ve dug through my favorite bit has to be Savini as a guest on Letterman. Each of these appearances are uniquely special and feature a lot of great make up gags and familiar foam latex monster icons. I always have appreciated thatn David Letterman obviously enjoyed his time with Savini and appears to have had a soft spot for horror and make up effects. Their rapport with one another is fantastic.

I’m beyond excited about Shudder’s upcoming documentary streaming on Dec. 16. The series will follow Savini’s life and career and be the most in-depth look we have had at the Wizard of Gore.

“From his childhood in Pittsburgh to his tour of duty during Vietnam, to his beginnings with George A. Romero and beyond, Smoke and Mirrors is the defining documentary on the life and career of a horror icon.”

The video covers 84 to 87 and features the many times Savini was a guest on Letterman. It’s a great watch and totally sets the mood for the upcoming Shudder doc.

What is your all time favorite Savini creation/effect? Let us know in the comments section.

Special thanks to Don Giller for the amazing YouTube upload.

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