Grande Illusions: The Art and Technique of Special Make-up Effects

Grande Illusions: The Art and Technique of Special Make-up Effects

Original Books I & II

From The Films of Tom Savini


AuthorMike Dark Ink – 2013
ISBN-13: 9780988446892
286 Pages, $24.99 

Back in 1983, there was one thing I wanted more than any other…Tom Savini’s book Grande Illusions.  It was the extraordinary autobiographical/how-to-do special make-up effects tome that every follower of his splatter had to have.

Believe it or not, I never read his follow-up book Grande Illusions II, but now that’s changed because AuthorMike Dark Ink has put the two books together as one.

If you are a fan of horror movies, especially the films that the Italian-American Pittsburgh based effects artist lent his artistry to, then you must get your copy of this book.

By reading Grande Illusions you will learn intimate details behind all of Savini’s films, with numerous behind the scenes photos.

Each movie becomes a chapter and for me I just dove into the text and priceless photographs from; Deathdream, Deranged, Martin, Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th, The Burning, The Prowler and Eyes of a Stranger.  Not only is this cool for fans of his movies but if you want to learn how the special make-up effects were achieved, Savini describes them in painstaking detail.

He talks about how he designed the inventive zombie mayhem for Dawn of the Dead, Mrs. Voorhees on screen retaliation in Friday the 13th, the hard-hitting carnage in Maniac (which I rate as the strongest impactful gore to this day), the burnt look of “Cropsy” in The Burning, his amazing monster featured in “The Crate” segment of Creepshow (whom he calls “Fluffy”).

In Grande Illusions II Savini breaks down his benchmark of extreme gore in Day of the Dead, his cannibalistic bloodshed for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, the primates he contributed for Romero’s Monkey Shines, his creative skill to Romero & Dario Argento’s Two Evil Eyes and so much more. 

Grande Illusions comes as a coffee style book featuring both eye opening color and black and white pictures.  Stephen King and George A Romero write forwards that are incredibly revealing additions.

AuthorMike Dark Ink continues to deliver important published work that not only enriches the available content for fans of the genre but provides educational text for aspiring effect artists and filmmakers alike.





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