A Chat with Tom Savini 2

Mike / July 31st, 2010

For those who remember my first video chat with Tom Savini, here’s the sequel! And for anyone who doesn’t know who he is, he’s simply the Horror Movie Guy. He did the makeup and special effects for Dawn of the Dead (1978), Creepshow (1982), the Friday the 13th films and many more. He directed the remake of Night of the Living Dead (1990) and also appears in front of the camera as well. He acted in From Dusk Til Dawn (1996), Planet Terror (2007) and the upcoming Machete (2010).


  • Jigglysaint

    July 31, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Pretty cool stuff.

  • nerdyguy64

    July 31, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Sweet James, pretty fucking awesome!!!!

  • Vorax

    July 31, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    James, I love your stuff, but this should be firmly placed in the “You know what’s bullshit” category.
    You are selling yourself and your talent short on this low-life. You don’t even want to hear the way he treats his students, especially the younger girls at that “school” of his. Once, long ago, Tom was the master, but now he’s just a scam artist ripping off college age horror nerds like you and me.
    Keep up the awesome work, one day you will rule the airwaves!

  • July 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    sick I like your little name tag. James Rolfe. hahah. Nice. Yeh this guy seems a bit pretentious but whatever- you ask good questions and get the goods.

  • July 31, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    oh i just noticed the JAMES tattoo on his arm! He must really like your work! lol

  • Butch Bitch

    July 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Wow, this interview and the last one in 2008 are night and day. You can tell with this interview that you are much more calm and experienced with interviewing people than you were in the last one, in which you looked like you were about to shit your pants. You have come a long fucking way, man!

    Plus, Tom is a lot less tense than he was in the last one as well. He seemed much more willing to sit down and talk to you. He seems like a pretty cool guy. I also noticed the JAMES tattoo on his left arm. You should have asked him about that.

  • July 31, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Great interview. I will like to make a suggestion or even a petition. ΒΏCan you make a list of all the movies you mention in your videos? There many films that interest me and would like to have the titles handy. Thanks.

  • July 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    @Butch Bitch
    Great name!

    The 2008 video was a totally different situation at the Blobfest. The “running out re-enactment” was about to take place, but there’ll be more video of that later. Here at Monster Bash it was a little more leisurely paced. Still, I appreciate the comments. I’ve come a long way, and I have no real background in interviewing.

    I THINK the James tattoo is the name of his grandson, but I’m not sure.

  • LisVender

    July 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Mr. Savini was much cooler in this interview than he was in the previous one. I’ve read stories about what a jerk he can be, but here he was very relaxed and informative. Great work!

  • July 31, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    That was pretty sweet. Shit now i wanna know what tom says at the end

  • Butch Bitch

    July 31, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    @James- Oh I see! And I guess I don’t blame him either– I would totally be excited too if I had to run out of THAT particular theater! Either way, your years of going to conventions has certainly helped.

  • Kid_Icarus

    July 31, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Where can I find an mp3 of the music at the beginning and end of this?

  • Kid_Icarus

    July 31, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Also, which movie is that song from? Sorry, I know I’ve heard it and it should be really obvious, but I’m young and haven’t seen many classic horror movies (yet). Thanks. I thoroughly enjoy everything you post on this site.

  • cloob1

    July 31, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I can’t wait until the day you get your chance. Then you’ll be the one being interviewed.

  • Butch Bitch

    July 31, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    @cloob1- James has already gotten his chance. He’s been interviewed several times. There’s a list of all his interviews somewhere, I think in the “Advertise” section.

  • July 31, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks James! I didn’t get a chance to see part 1, thanks for that link. Watched part 1 and 2, was really good insight.

  • alhamrick

    July 31, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Very good interview, the part where you put in the frankenstein clip cutting out was random, now next time you see him see if you can get him to let you into his house, I want to see all his movie monsters and shit. Thanks for the videos.

  • Mavalasko

    August 1, 2010 at 12:36 am

    It’s always great to see appreciation from fans and people in the industry on Lon Chaneys genius. Good work James!

  • August 1, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Nice interview, James! And yes, must better over the last one.

  • Bueller_007

    August 1, 2010 at 2:14 am

    @Matthew Morgan
    I’m not quite sure you know what “pretentious” means. Savini is anything but. However, he’s clearly a bit on edge here. Watch his hands, especially at the beginning of the interview. Chalk it up to discomfort being interviewed by a fan, a la Neil Peart.

  • August 1, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Great interview James πŸ™‚

  • strint519

    August 1, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Really cool interview with a horror legend. Would love to see an episode of MTV Cribs at Savini’s house. (Guaranteed Nerdgasm!)

  • Asros

    August 1, 2010 at 3:49 am

    I don’t comment in here much, but this one deserves it.

    A really cool interview. There were some really good points in it. Like the overlapping dialogue. That’s something I’ve always wondered. Why won’t they have that in movies? Just because it’s harder to do? That’s no excuse. They are paid to do their job and not whine about how hard it is. Also, like said in the video. The remakes are not as good as the originals. Simple improvement in technology won’t make a movie good. Modern directors should take a trip back to the roots and find the magic that is now covered in high-tech effects and CGI.

  • Kurvos

    August 1, 2010 at 5:47 am

    James… if you need to censor something – don’t fucking show it. That’s my philosophy. To censor something Tom Savini told you is just making yourself look like a prick.

  • Srceodizno

    August 1, 2010 at 6:50 am

    wow that’s awesome. James is so fucking lucky to get to talk to Tom Savini. When my friends come over and I’m like “you know Tom Savini di the effects for this” and they’ll be like “who the fuck is Tom Savini” and then I punch them in the face. I’m still searching for The Thing from Another World….. …the thing is, is that I know where to buy it it’s just that I’m broke. Great interview James. πŸ™‚

  • cloob1

    August 1, 2010 at 7:32 am

    @ Butch Bitch,
    I didn’t mean to make that sound like he hasn’t accomplished anything yet. I meant his chance directing a full motion picture and being interviewed for it. I’m quite satisfied with everything he is done and I’m sure he is too. But, how awesome would that be, you know?

  • insanity99

    August 1, 2010 at 8:01 am

    hey james great interview. i was wondering, since you mention him a lot. do you plan on doing reviews of ray harryhausen movies? it was you mentioning his movies, particularly clash of the titans that got me into him. and since then his movies have become my favourite movies of all time. i would love to hear your opinion on them all.

  • xdeathknightx

    August 1, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Tom is just a class act and knows a lot about movies. But the synth piece at the end makes me want to see Dawn of the Dead again πŸ˜€

  • August 1, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Yeah, this guy does seem kind of like a dick. I wouldn’t want to be a fan of his.

    Also: Overlapping dialog is massively annoying. Thank god modern movies have evolved beyond it.

  • August 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Tom Savini seems like a cool guy. When he mentioned the remake of The Phantom of the Opera on PBS and he said that he was going to use the original techniques, I got exited. The original 1925 version is one of my favorite silent horror movies.

  • ryan2142

    August 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Wow he was like super nice this time. That’s really cool.

  • Butch Bitch

    August 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    @cloob1- Oh, I see! I thought you meant by the interviewing thing, sorry about that. Yes, of course that would be totally awesome!

  • Thomas101

    August 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I disagree with some people here. I think Tom Savini is such a nice and friendly guy.
    If the interview had lasted longer, I would still be interested. And James, you are such a humble person, very polite etc.

    A lot of compliments on the editing. It was nice to see which movie monsters he was reffering to.

    Please James, keep up the good work.


  • August 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    @Optics- You suck ass. Overlapping dialogue makes the movie better makes it twice as realistic like Tom said and if you don’t like what Tom has to say. Then why do you watch the video.

    My comment for Myself- Tom seems like a real kick-ass guy, and you can tell that James was enjoying this interview so much. It was a real fun interview and the Cock Rocket kicks ass.

  • August 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Bleeps out. Nice work James.

  • Cassavius

    August 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    So instead of realistic dialogue, they prefer blandness because it’s easier to edit? ARGh!

  • August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm


    Yes, overlapping dialog must really ROCK! That’s virtually all professional filmmakers have followed the trend of using such a techinque in the past few decades where movies have only become much more sophisticated as a medium. Wait — they haven’t? Hm. That’s weird! They couldn’t have abandoned it because, I don’t know, it’s distracting, annoying, and sucks the viewer out of the moment?

  • August 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Umm, James, why does it say the original Clash of the Titans was made in 1981?

  • Oropher

    August 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Grim Pinata
    Because the movie came out in fucking 1981.

  • Lesley M.

    August 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Man oh man. He is a legend!!!! What a beast!
    It seems like him and James have a lot in common. I can totally picture them sittin’ down having a beer discussing colored contact lenses or something. Ha. Good stuff.

  • biohead

    August 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    that’s the best interview i’ve ever seen on make-up and the horror genre.just wow.

  • The Original

    August 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Great work, modern movies have lost the texture and dialoge flow of the oldies sad

  • August 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    The National Firearms Museum is already exhibiting at least 1 gun most likely more from Machete. And the Maltese Falcon is there the original Falcon is right there in the Museum in the NRA headquarters building in Fairfax Virginia.

    Not sure if you would want to make the trip James but right now they have guns from more movies on display than ever before. And even some things that aren’t guns like the actual Lightsabers and one of Han’s Blasters from Star Wars.

    If you go to NRAmuseum.org you can most likely find information on it. Not too much of a rush all these things should be there for at least another 9 months.

    Did you ever find time to ask about other locations where things happened in the Mall you visited?

  • Asros

    August 2, 2010 at 1:17 am

    To everyone who thinks overlapping dialogue is distracting or sucks. Congratulations. Hollywood has turned you all into mindless people who don’t want to think when watching a movie. How can overlappind dialogue be confusing when that’s the way we speak. You hear it everyday (Not so much in here, because we Finns think it’s not polite to talk over someone, but that’s beside the point)

  • JustCody

    August 2, 2010 at 6:20 am

    So because someone doesn’t like something, they are immediately classified as mindless? I’m pretty sure that throwing around offensive generalizations is much more a symptom of being brainwashed than simply offering an honest opinion.

    My problem with overlapping dialogue is that I have never seen a combination of writers and actors that could make it look natural on the big screen, but I wish someone could make it work. It always comes across as cheesy to me. Also, when did the purpose of movies become imitating real life to perfection? For fuck’s sake, if I want to watch real life all I have to do is open my eyes.

    Thank’s for the awesome interview James, you’re seriously good at being an interviewer. I couldn’t really tell if I liked the guy from this interview, but I definitely wouldn’t mess with him πŸ˜€

  • August 2, 2010 at 7:32 am

    The Phantom would still scare the shit out of me.

  • Bigdaddyclean

    August 2, 2010 at 7:42 am

    whats with the bleep at the end, i dont get it.
    and i hate you

  • Asros

    August 2, 2010 at 7:49 am

    “when did the purpose of movies become imitating real life to perfection?”

    Who said anything about imitating real life to perfection? The line should be drawn way before that. However there are a lot of things that just jump at you. Like how everyone just hangs up without saying anything. And of course the fact that there is no overlapping dialogue.

    It may be that I’ve read too many books in my life and my expectations for realistic behavior is too high. Of course there really can’t be overlapping dialogue in a book, but most of the other stuff is there.

  • August 2, 2010 at 9:25 am

    One movie that would have been allllot better with overlapping dialog would have been Independence day. Remember that scene where they are driving to DC and have that back and forth in the car where David says “I don’t wana argue I don’t wana argue. Lets just get there.” Because it wasn’t overlapping the argument from the father character it came off rather lame almost like he’s panicking instead of trying to actually stop the other talking to make his point which that sort of thing is perfect for when you layer the dialog.

  • mcmikec84

    August 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I’m having a problem with my pic…where is it?

  • Butch Bitch

    August 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Hey, think about it this way you guys: If those shitty “reality” shows can have overlapping dialogue, so can our movies.

  • August 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Nice video Jamez!
    It waz nice to see what he had to say about the new Clash Of The Titans.
    I’ve seen the remake, but not the original. But what ive seen of the original it looks better


    August 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    This guy is a bigger nerd than you! XD

    Great interview. You really get to know people like this instead of asking arbitrary questions like everyone else.

  • Cornjob

    August 2, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Savini was a prick at the convention I met him at. I heard nobody liked him. I guess you have to kind of be somebody for him to give you the time of day.

  • Andromeda_No_Shun

    August 3, 2010 at 7:02 am

    You know, I keep hearing horrible things about Savini. But I remember a time, like, when I first got internet, more than ten years ago when Savini had one of the best websites around. He had this cool gallery where he showed his daily life and his family, and he personally replied to EVERY MAIL he received. I sent a couple and he always replied with something nice, even if at the time, my english was still almost unintelligible (french dude here).
    I heard that later he had to close the website because he kept receiving insulting messages about his family as well as threats.
    I’m willing to bet that’s why he’s a little bitter. He opened to his fans and what he got in return is typical of internet : trolling, namecalling and all that shit.

    Anyway, the interview shows he’s still not all that bad when you know how to approach him.

  • August 3, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Btw, Savinis description of Jason Vorhees as a “hydrocephalic, mongoloid pinhead” was very amusing.

  • August 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    As a film editor / sound recordist I know how annoying it is to overlap dialogue in films. I agree with Tom that is sounds more natural to the ear, the characters become more ‘real’ and so forth. But when recording, it’s VERY difficult to get all the actors voices on the same or adjustable levels, to do so requires multiple mics and a lot more people and time to accomplish. Then once you’ve accomplished the difficult act of recording the dialogue with each voice on separate tracks (keep in mind that the residual sound of the other overlapping voices is heard in the other tracks too, at varying volumes and distortions) the editor then has to balance out all the voices, and make sure that the audience is able to pull enough information from the spots that overlap, a tedious process to say the least.

    To top all of this off, if ultimately comes down to style and preference too, for example, another movie that’s famous for overlapping dialogue is “The Goonies” . I know many, many people that love that movie, but personally, I came to hate the characters as most of the dialogue is a jumbled, overlapping mess of kids yelling at each other. I personally found it very annoying and distracting from the story I was trying to get involved it.

    So, all the power to you Tom, but if you want to use overlaps, be prepared for a hell of a lot of ADR.

  • maxthepunisher

    August 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Is it me or is this vid not working. The audio is there, no video. All scrambled!

  • makkles

    August 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

    @maxthepunisher… it worked okay for me. Must be something wrong your end.

    On topic: That was an awesome interview James. Tom Savini is a legend.

  • marclawson

    August 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    When you bleeped him, I’m going to guess that Tom said “I betray Machete” or something that indicates that he’s a bad guy in the film.

  • Kid_Icarus

    August 4, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Hey James/Mike, I’d love to hear more about all of your encounters with Tom Savini. I mean, the stuff that happened when the camera wasn’t recording. I’ve heard a lot of good stories and bad stories about him. He definitely seemed a lot cooler in this 2nd interview than the first. Either way, both interviews were great to watch. Keep up the great job of giving us fun stuff to watch.

  • Shelden the dude who is awesome

    August 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Great video James
    and great interview too
    Tom Savini is GOD

  • Shelden the dude who is awesome

    August 4, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    James you rock

  • maxthepunisher

    August 4, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    The commercial works fine but the picture is scrambled. Audio is ok though. I can watch the other videos fine except this one. πŸ™

  • August 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    i love tom. ive met him several times and hes not a prick. hell i was parked behind him the other day. he is a busy dude an can get caught up in stuff. i love this interiew to as well as all of jame’s stuff. an yea, the video wasent workin well for me either.

  • Random Hero

    August 5, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I met Tom a year or so ago at Motor City Comic Con and I gotta say I was very let down. After talking to Tom Sullavin for 20 some odd minutes going to see Tom Savini and having him say maybe 15 words if that was not worth the 20 bucks for his Autograph.

  • Xhadow

    August 5, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    At least tom didnt draw his knife at your throat like last time. Did he remember you or does he do that to everyone?

  • venom 51007

    August 5, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Hey james u forgot to ask him about that stunt he did in DAWN OF THE DEAD that way u could do a short vid on where he dropped in the movie.

  • August 5, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I loved his expression when you mentioned The Giant Claw. Priceless.

  • Capt. Rhodes

    August 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Tom Savini is the man!
    The headshot in maniac lol, when i saw him I knew that something gruesome was going to happen XD
    It seems he performs the worst deaths possible on himself, to make sure the fx are done properly.

  • avgnfan96

    August 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    hes not a bad guy hes a good guy

  • August 7, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Nice video as always, Savinis a legend and quite rightly so.

  • Rovertarthead

    August 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Intresting… I like learning different things from your videos man. Good stuff.

  • ptobey

    August 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Another great video, It’s cool seeing your skills evolve. I like these interviews with people who don’t normally get interviewed. That should be your thing, interviewing C list actors, directors, ect… and their take on the movies they’ve done and the industry as a whole.

  • tume-x

    August 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I love that guy’s work so much… I always find myself repeating the phrase “Tom Savini is a god” to people πŸ™‚ He’s just so inspiring and I love his little cameos on the films he’s making the FX for. A great interview.

  • SethSteiner

    August 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks James for the great interview. It was very interesting in contrast to the boring “blah blah everything is so great” in most of the interviews with the big names in the movie business.
    And I also agree to Savinis critique on CGI. I liked Avatar but it really annoys me how everyone has to use a computer instead of real material. Same with 3D. It`s great to have all this but it should be used at the right location and not just everywhere.

  • August 15, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Very nice stuff James, nice to be able to meet a guy like that and chat. Thanks for posting =)

  • Wesley26508

    August 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Savini came off a lot better this time. Maybe he took his chill pill. Overall seemed like a genuine interview. Nice job James!

  • pwnttothemax

    August 17, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    great interview… he came off as a total dick in your first interview but he seemed really cool and friendly this time. lucky!

  • August 18, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Savini is a national treasure. I bet he’s misunderstood by many. A great interview.

    This website kicks ass.

  • redmonth123

    September 2, 2010 at 8:09 pm


  • GialloHorror

    October 4, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Dude, you know you’re a big deal when Savini has a tat of your name on it. Well done “James” lol!

    One of my favorite films Savini did the effects for was “Maniac” (1980) starring Joe Spinell. Savini actually gets his head blown off in that film.

    I’ll take Kyro Syrup, food coloring, cheese dip, melted rubber, and fake faces, and bodies, over CGI any fucking day!

  • The Dreadnaught

    December 4, 2010 at 1:23 am

    It’s so funny. These movies mean so much to us, but having been to many horror conventions, i’ve learned to most of the actors its just a job, they could care less about the finished product. We obsess over this stuff much more then they do.

  • BMovieBen

    June 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    any one else notice Jame’s name on Toms Arm. any way great interview

  • June 28, 2011 at 3:43 am

    I would love to live next door to Tom Savini

  • WestBuiltAMountain

    August 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I’m confused. I’m seeing the same interview as the first one.

  • lamecasuelas

    September 28, 2011 at 1:38 am

    he is such a nice guy!!!

  • FerdinandNilsen

    December 6, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I love tom’s reaction to james mention of the giant claw, he’s awesome!

  • July 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Would be sweet to meet some of the masterminds behind great movies and such. But ill be honest Would rather do a video and meet James. I remember talking to him on like myspace chat back in 2006 or so go give or take.

  • Chet

    January 25, 2014 at 11:02 am

    It’s amazing how different this interview is compared to your first interview with Savini. This one is actually enjoyable and after finishing the video I no longer feel as if I hate Tom Savini. If I had to guess i’d say that Savini has a drug problem and was on cocaine in the first interview.

  • Tony Cheek

    September 25, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Really interesting interview. Loved hearing his thoughts on certain things. Particularly the monster from The Giant Claw. haha

  • Claude Lilford

    October 5, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Yeah! Savini agrees with me about that s****y remake of Harryhausen’s swan song!
    Right on man!

  • April 2, 2015 at 2:14 am

    He sounds like an awesome guy here, he really knows his stuff and I think he’s pretty badass too. I mean he served in ‘Nam which in itself is badass as well. Oh and if you guys are wondering about the censor – it was spoiler related considering at the time this video was made Machete had just come out.

  • April 12, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Shame he doesn’t do a lot of special effects anymore. Unlike CGI, his makeup designs were convincing.

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