From arranging his own execution in Maniac to orchestrating the zombie hordes in Day of the Dead, if it can bleed, break, be eviscerated or decapitated, Tom Savini was the madman that designed the makeup effects. He chatted with Richard at Texas Frightmare Weekend about his career in mayhem: Surprise, there’s a lot more about Savini the actor than you’d expect.
Written by Chris Cox
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.