TOM SAVINI’S GRANDE ILLUSIONS SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP BOOKS TO GET A RE-RELEASE

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It’s book central here at Backwoods Horror today it’d seem. I’ve had a copy of both of Tom Savini’s amazing GRANDE ILLUSIONS books for some time (one signed by the man himself), having found them in a box of books donated to the library I was working in at the time. You can imagine the freak-out that followed for yourselves. It was like finding buried treasure. On the inside cover of both, it said that the books were published by Morris Costumes specifically for the costume trade and have been, for the longest time, difficult to get ones claws on. It’s always been one of the high points of my collection. Now, it would seem, the rest of you finally get your chance to check out these amazing books in a re-release that combines both books into one mighty tome you’d be proud to have on your horror shelves.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR MORE ON TOM SAVINI’S GRANDE ILLUSIONS RE-RELEASE!

BEHIND-THE-SCENES CONSTRUCTION VIDEO OF CHUCKY FROM 1988’S CHILD’S PLAY

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I came across this sweet little 10 minute video of some behind-the-scenes footage for MGM’s CHILD’S PLAY on YouTube. Within, you’ll find discussions with such luminaries as special effects makeup artist and “Godfather Of Gore” Tom Savini along with creator/writer Don Mancini, as they talk about the film that spawned the Child’s Play franchise. One of the best parts about the video, however, is the part where the special effects team displays the creation of the Chucky doll itself. Check it out!

CHECK OUT THIS BEHIND THE SCENES CREATION VIDEO OF THE CHESTBURSTER FROM ALIEN

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From Amanda Kooser at CNet:

Few images in film are as startling as that moment in “Alien” when the baby chestburster comes crawling out of of John Hurt’s torso in a spray of gore. It was so gripping, the slimy little parasite was brought back for the sequel, “Aliens.” Even better, it was created without the assistance of CGI.

A video shared by the Stan Winston School of Character Arts lets us all in on how that nasty little surprise was created. The video is narrated by Stephen Norrington, the special-effects wiz who built the device. He started with dental acrylic poured into a mold of the monster, cut it into pieces using a bandsaw, and held it all together with a cable-housing spine.

CONTINUE READING FOR A BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO ON THE CREATION OF THE INFAMOUS CHESTBURSTER!

Special Effects Documentary In October From Starz

Coming October 7th, 2008 from STARZ Entertainment, is the new Special Effects Documentary: FANTASTIC FLESH: THE ART OF MAKE-UP EFX. This from Shock Till You Drop:

Starz’s original series Starz Inside turns to the movie FX biz in Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-Up EFX, an hour-long documentary airing October 7th at 10pm.

Executive produced by KNB EFX’s Greg Nicotero and directed by Kevin VanHook, the doc peels back the skin on the FX biz and looks at the various generations of artist who have contributed to it. Appearing in the special: Howard Berger, Rob Bottin, Josh Brolin, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Joe Dante, Frank Darabont, Peter Dinklage, Mick Garris, Jordan Ladd, John Landis, Greg Nicotero, Simon Pegg, Robert Rodriguez, George Romero, Eli Roth, Tom Savini, Dick Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Dee Wallace.

Film critic Richard Roeper hosts. If you miss its premiere, Fantastic Flesh will re-air on Oct. 8th, 15th and 16th. Check your local listings for times.

Kind of bittersweet in a way, with the recent passing of Stan Winston ‘n all.  I’ll be sure to check this one out for sure though.  Keep your sets tuned boils and ghouls