Wednesday, April 02, 2008

For the Horror Film Buffs

UNC Asheville Hosts Talk by Horror Movie Make-Up Artist Tom Savini

Renowned master horror movie make-up artist Tom Savini will reveal his secrets for creating such gruesome movie characters as Jason Voorhees from "Friday the 13th" and Leatherface from "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall. Though the event is free and open to the public, this talk is not recommended for children or the faint of heart!

Savini, nicknamed "The Godfather of Gore," is an accomplished horror movie make-up artist, actor, director and stunt coordinator. Savini rose to fame with his grisly effects in the 1978 zombie cult classic "Dawn of Dead" and 1980's wildly popular "Friday the 13th." He went on to perfect the horror movie special effects genre in such films as "Maniac," "The Burning," "Creepshow," and "Day of the Dead."

Not content with just being behind the lens, Savini has appeared on The Simpsons and in dozens of films, including "Knightriders," "Dawn of the Dead" and "From Dusk Till Dawn." In addition, Savini runs the Special Effects Make-Up Program at the Douglas Education Center in Monessen, Pa., and is the author of several books on special effects.

For more information, call UNC Asheville's Mass Communication Department at 828-232-5027.

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