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Savini and Me

After spending over a year with screen killer Kane Hodder and documenting their adventures in his series ‘The Killer & I’, Michael Aloisi – known to most as AuthorMike – is now working with another horror legend: Tom Savini. In his latest journal series, ‘Savini & Me’, Mike writes about his experiences with Tom as the two work on Tom’s official biography. From shooting arrows to going over Tom’s massive memorabilia collection to the hardships of writing a book, their experiences are shared as Mike lets fans know what it is like to spend time with horror royalty.

 

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    SAVINI AND ME: Part Nine, The Grandest Illusion

    In 1983, Savini was at the top of his game, making hit movies and shocking audiences around the world with his FX.  While working on movie after movie, Tom still found time to work on a pet project.  With the philosophy of “sharing secrets of the trade” that legendary make-up artist Dick Smith instilled in him, Savini set about writing a book to teach fans and aspiring filmmakers all of his own secrets of the trade.  The result was the essential GRANDE ILLUSIONS.

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    SAVINI AND ME: Part Eight, Shooting Arrows with Osiris

    When writing a biography of someone, I find it important to get to know them as a person, not just the star they are. Hanging out with the person I’m working with is just as vital as the stories they tell me.  The reason being that celebrities tend to give canned responses to questions, as they have been asked the same ones over and over again their entire career. To really get to know someone, you have to watch them in their normal life, see how they act and be a part of what they do day-to-day.  With Tom, I had the chance to have many meals with him, see him in his neighborhood and how he is at conventions, but I needed more. I needed to see what Tom does in his spare time. Knowing Tom loves target practice, I suggested we go to the firing range to shoot arrows, and he agreed. 

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    Savini and Me: Part Seven, Age is just a number

    Recently, some family members came to visit my wife and I in our home. They are both very kind people, but their health is not as good as could be. The man that visited is sixty-six years old and in declining health. His knees are shot, to the point where I have to offer an arm for him to get up our two steps into the main door. One morning, I walked by their pill containers that were on the table. The sheer amount of pills made me stop in my tracks. I had to count them… seventeen. Not for the day, that was just in the morning. This man had to take almost forty pills a day! Not only that, he got tired easily, got car sick and was getting over a cold that just wouldn’t go away. When we were talking about birthdays, I found out that he was born one month after Tom Savini. This realization floored me.

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    Savini and Me: Part Six, Not an A**hole

    For a long time, there have been rumors floating around that Tom Savini is an a**hole. When I was first in talks with Tom to do a book, I’d mention that more than a few times I had heard fans say things like, “I heard he is a jerk,” or “I was told he is an a**hole.” “I don’t want to meet him, he’s a d*ck.” The funny thing is, pretty much all the people who said such things had never met him. It was all what they “heard” from other fans or read on boards. The rumor was rampant. I hadn’t talked to him much at this point, but from all of our communication, he seemed completely nice and civil. Then again, I was “working” with him; maybe he was just being nice? If I was a fan approaching him, would things be different?

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    Savini and Me: Part Five, Savini on Letterman

    During my childhood my father worked the third shift, meaning he went in at three in the afternoon and came home at eleven at night. Being in the single digits, I was of course fast asleep by eight p.m. Some nights, though, I’d wake up to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water and hear my father down the hall. I would always get excited because my father was usually eating dinner and watching TV.

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    SAVINI AND ME: Part Four, Mr Savini’s Neighborhood

    Most people can’t wait to get out of their parents’ house. They want to get away from their families and start a life of their own. Then, they want to get a bigger and better house; they might not need it, but they want it. It becomes a thing of prestige, who has the biggest house? Who lives in the better neighborhood? Look, my house is huge, I’m successful! When it comes to celebrities, it’s even worse. Typically, they try to move into the high class areas in L.A., and buy houses that are ten times the size they need, just because they can. This is why Tom Savini’s house was more than surprising. It was in a normal neighborhood in Pittsburgh and an average house, while the inside is anything but (see the entry Tom’s House for more on that. I was intrigued that Tom lived there; hell, I was surprised he didn’t live in L.A. like most other actors.

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