THE LAST KNOCK presents: Monster Makers: Tom Savini

The Last Knock

For many horror fans, George A. Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD is an untouchable zombie masterpiece. Yet, without the amazing, passionate, and detailed work of the incredible Tom Savini, one may wonder how well this horror would have been received. That film put Savini on the map, and launched his career as a special effects artist of extremely high caliber. We look at Savini’s life and craft, from horror to drama, as well as his acting, producing, directing, and stunt work. We’ll also discuss how his artistry brought many horror films to life, from THE BURNING and FRIDAY THE 13TH, and to MARTIN and CREEPSHOW.

This episode’s SCREAM OUTS from Twitter: 

@LaureneLandon @LoudGreenBird @FriscoKidTX @GuyRicketts @LianeMoonRaven @Tina_Scott95 @THENAMNATION @chitownjimmyxox @RonGizmo @Amber_F_Shaw @armygirl181 @SamesCarolyn @Illuminati322 @TheNakedPorch @leon_flemming @dixiefairy @chaos_4ever @DarkTwistedMeow @JillArmenante and Chris Messineo from the New Jersey Film School

10 Replies to “THE LAST KNOCK presents: Monster Makers: Tom Savini”

  1. Stellar show youse guys!
    Thank you so, so very much for the SCREAM OUTS to Ambo and me. Yes. Ambo is funny and everything else y’all claimed.
    Jonny, I’m tickled pretty in pink to bring laughter to you everytime Bill mentions my name or twitter thingamagig.
    Amber said her most favorite Savini masterpiece was as “Sex Machine” in Robert Rodriguez’ FROM DUSK TO DAWN. Jonny, she’s down with you on this one.
    My TS favorite has to be an old school one because as a line from RocknRolla kind of goes, “There is no school like the old school, and I’m the fucking headmaster.” Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD was a most horrifying film at the time. Savini’s special effects in it were amazing for the time… some scary ass stuff in 1968.
    A few months ago, I was Skyping with Greg Palko and Tom Savini was brought up. Greg suggested that I try to have Savini as a guest on my Internet show and directed me to his Twitter page. Being the BBQ-sauce-covered rube I am, “what the hell” washed over me, following him at Twitter, and tossing the open invite Tweet on a barbless hook into the ocean of coolness in the land of film greatness out to him. I’m not actually certain, but I do remember he initially followed me back and then, quickly, unfollowed me. Making friends and repulsing all everywhere I go. LMFAO.
    Bill, please, refrain from choking Jonny’s chicken. After all, it is his Rhode Island Red, and he can choke it anytime he wants.
    Oh, on a stranger things have never happened note, we watched HATEFUL EIGHT again the other evening, and it wasn’t three fifths bad on second gasp.
    Neat Savini show.

    1. Ron, as always, you are THE MAN. Thank you so much for your excellent feedback and witty commentary. I’ve tried to interview Mr. Savini before, but due to his production schedule and school, we have yet to connect. Hopefully, in the near future.

      I’m glad you enjoyed THE HATEFUL EIGHT the second time around, but I don’t think I can watch that scene where the prop master royally screwed up, and poor Kurt Russell unknowingly smashed a genuine Martin guitar from the era, valued at $40,000. Martin is a town away from me, and they refuse to loan a guitar to a film production ever again.

      1. OMG! That was a genuine Martin acoustic from that era he smashed to pieces in HE? Seriously? Wait until I let Amber know. That makes me sick. Even if it was fully insured, replacing it would be extremely difficult and if possible still one would be gone.
        Years ago, I bought Amber what I thought to be an authentic, contemporary, Martin acoustic guitar. Turned out it was a copy but with excellent sound. We kept it after a refund of hundreds of dollars. It took experts and tons of pictures to make the call.
        Man, what a waste and what a collosal mistake.
        Decades ago while vacationing in Daytona, we had the opportunity to purchase a genuine Martin ukulele. Those things are very expensive. Back in the early 70s, the asking price was $500 on the ukulele. We passed.

          1. That’s awesome! I’d bet my last glazed doughnut that it has that classic Martin killer sound.
            Bought Amber one of these type guitars for Christmas last year. It’s not a Martin, though… ratz!

          2. Actually, many seem to dislike the sound, but Ally loves it. Plus, she’s damned amazing when it comes to stringing a guitar and making it better.

    2. Ron, I shuddered with excitement over the mere possibility of Tom Savini and you talking for an hour – that would have to be entertainment of universe-imploding proportions. (And I mean that as a compliment!)

      And sorry to play Captain Autocorrect, but Savini did not do the makeup on NIGHT ’68…while the IMDb credits are kind of spotty (and Wikipedia no better), I used to own a “25th Anniversary” VHS edition where Marilyn Eastman (who also played Helen Cooper in the film) spoke about the technique and application of makeup on the ghouls (there were some cool behind-the-scenes photos that makes me wish I still had the tape).

      1. Oh, I see… didn’t know that about Savani and NOTLD. No worries. “Wrong” is my maiden name.
        Maybe, if Tom did come on my show, he could do like Jessica Cameron and advertise his appearance on TRSS as a Non-Horror guest gig. We could talk about RC Colas and Moon Pies or something. Everyone needs a little boredom in their lives every other purple moon or so.

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