Published on October 8th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Tom Savini On The New Film “Smoke & Mirrors,” Future Career Goals, Slipknot, WWE & More

As a Special Makeup Effects legend, Actor, Director and Stuntman, Tom Savini has redefined the horror genre with his arsenal of talents. But who is the man behind the “King of Splatter?” From his childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to his tour of duty during Vietnam, to his beginnings with George A. Romero, Smoke & Mirrors is the defining documentary on the life and career of Savini.

Due out on October 19, 2021 via Wild Eye Releasing, Smoke & Mirrors was directed by Jason Baker. It not only features Savini, but also appearances by Danny McBride, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Alice Cooper, Greg Nicotero, Tom Atkins, Corey Feldman, Doug Bradley and Bill Moseley. And that cast of characters is just a sampling of the legends who Savini has collaborated with over the years; projects of his in recent years have included work done for Slipknot and WWE stars Triple H and Bray Wyatt.

On October 7, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Tom Savini via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond Smoke & Mirrors, we spoke about future projects and career goals of his within our conversation. More on Savini and Smoke & Mirrors can be found here, here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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