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Tom Savini documentary “SMOKE AND MIRRORS” sees wide release next month; new trailer

Monday, September 27, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The life and craft of a special effects legend will be on full view in time for Halloween.

Wild Eye Releasing will bring SMOKE AND MIRRORS: THE STORY OF TOM SAVINI (previously available on Shudder) to VOD and digital platforms October 19; a special-edition Blu-ray is in the works for release next year. Directed by Jason Baker, the documentary includes interviews with Savini, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Alice Cooper, Greg Nicotero, Tom Atkins, Corey Feldman, Doug Bradley, Bill Moseley, Danny McBride and others. The synopsis: “Special makeup effects legend, actor, director, stuntman. Tom Savini has redefined the horror genre with his arsenal of talents. But who is the man behind the ‘King of Splatter?’ From his childhood in Pittsburgh, PA, 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 horror icon Tom Savini.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.