ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

In celebration of the vicious splatter-fest that is Underworld: Blood Wars, Movie Pilot's Super News Live was blessed with a visit from the undisputed "Godfather of Gore" Tom Savini, to chat about everything from reincarnation to the perils of watching too many horror movies.

Throughout his decades-long career, Savini's magic touch has added a dash of splatter sauce to a plethora of iconic horror movies, including Dawn of the Dead and Friday the 13th. The baron of blood sat down with Joe and Phill as part of their series and revealed some surprising insights about his eventful career. So to whet your appetite, here are some fascinating tidbits before you leap into our bumper one-hour exclusive interview below.

Highlights Of A Hard-Hitting Horror Career

Savini in "From Dusk Till Dawn" [Credit: Miramax Films]
Savini in "From Dusk Till Dawn" [Credit: Miramax Films]

Although his name is synonymous with horror, it was a film that arguably represents the Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez cinematic universe that best typifies the zenith of Savini's own career. Here, he talks about his favorite movie that he was a part of:

"It's hard to beat 'From Dusk Till Dawn,' especially because of the people I got to hang out with. George Clooney — the nicest man I've ever met in my life — Salma Hayek, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis — although, she scared me, because on 'From Dusk Till Dawn,' she was that character. At all times."

The Towering Terrors Of Stunt Work

Savini in 1978's "Dawn of the Dead" [Credit: Laurel Group Inc.]
Savini in 1978's "Dawn of the Dead" [Credit: Laurel Group Inc.]

Savini might be incredibly respected in the SFX industry, but he is something of a Renaissance man — a director, actor and stunt choreographer in his own right. Working as a stuntman on George A. Romero's original 1978 Dawn of the Dead, he had himself written into the script because, quite simply, he wanted to be in the movie. He performed one of the most memorable dives of the horror genre, but it wasn't as smooth as it looks on screen. He explains:

"I got hurt, I missed the pads. I was 50 feet up. I missed the cardboard boxes and mattresses. My head hit the edge of them but my feet just landed. I couldn't walk after that. I couldn't walk for two weeks. I was in a golf cart with a cane, but still doing the effects."

Gaming Can Be Gory, Too

As if flitting between every movie role available in the industry wasn't enough, Savini is also trying his hand at jolting hearts into mouths and soiling pants through the medium of video games. Using motion capture technology to nail the kills, Savini has made the multiple brutal deaths in Gun Media's Friday the 13th: The Game even more realistic:

"We put a motion capture suit on Kane Hodder doing the kills — you know, he played Jason four times. He plays the game now and he always plays as a councillor to outsmart himself."

Savini also revealed that watching the brutal kills is enough to give even him the heebie-jeebies, despite the fact he designed them himself:

"It's brutal! It's one thing to sit there and think of them, but when I watched them I was like, 'Oh my God,' — and I'm the King of Splatter!"

To learn more from the fascinating Tom Savini about his expansive and exciting career, check out the Movie Pilot exclusive interview below.

And keep your eyes peeled for more awesome Sony Sundays action over on Super News Live by Movie Pilot.

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