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.
As a guide from one of horror cinema’s makeup greats, GRANDE ILLUSIONS I & II were essential reading. Now, with a new introduction from author Tom Savini, the very well documented-in-Fango makeup man behind DAWN OF THE DEAD, CREEPSHOW, FRIDAY THE 13TH, THE BURNING and more, and forewords from Stephen King, George Romero and Stephen King, GRANDE ILLUSIONS is seeing new life in something of a deluxe re-release.
Per official press release:
Special Effects Make-Up Master and horror movie legend, Tom Savini in conjunction with AuthorMike Dark Ink Publishing, is pleased to announce the release of GRANDE ILLUSIONS BOOKS I & II in one book for the first time. Tom’s classic and perennial books on Special Make-Up Effects has inspired generations of filmmakers, such as Peter Jackson; “We went into Braindead with our imaginations sparked by the GRANDE ILLUSIONS book”. Originally released in the early 80’s and 90’s, the books have become a staple for aspiring make-up artists, filmmakers and movie lovers for generations by showing how to do effects through step-by-step techniques, using examples from Tom’s films.
With both books conveniently put into one, along with a new introduction from Tom, fans and filmmakers can now enjoy the ease of having both classic guides in one ultimate edition. Featuring dozens of pictures, illustrations and examples from classic movies such as DAWN OF THE DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13TH, CREEPSHOW, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, MANIAC and many others, readers get to see first hand how Tom created each amazing effect that made him a legend of the craft.
GRANDE ILLUSIONS BOOKS I & II are available October 15. For more, visit AuthorMike Dark Ink.