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

Monday, September 27, 2021 | News


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 in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).