I met Tom Savini for the first time twice during my first Horrorhound Weekend back in 2010. Although it would be my last pre-Terror Dave event, I walked in harboring lots of goals concerning the horror hosts and the celebrities that were attending. Of course the main plan was to have a great time and I was joined by my friend, Jason. I remember us being particularly excited about having the opportunity to meet some of the folks behind one of our favorite zombie films; Dawn of the Dead. Tom Savini, Ken Foree, and the godfather of zombies himself, George Romero, would all be there and we couldn’t wait.
Before Horrorhound Weekend became the behemoth it is today, Friday nights were fairly manageable. That year we’d fulfill most of our objectives by the end of the first night including getting a chance to meet the great Tom Savini. While Romero may be the god-father of zombies, us middle-aged horror fans will forever view Savini as the master of gore FX and responsible for brightening many of our horror-loving teen memories via his gruesome skills. Whether you’re talking Friday the 13th or Dawn of the Dead, Savini’s bloody seal of home-style gore clearly made an impact.
Unfortunately, that first 2010 meeting (which was covered HERE) was a bit lackluster as Savini is about as deadpan a guy can be. In fact, by the time that first encounter was over, I wasn’t entirely convinced that we hadn’t communed with one of his own props! Though friendlier the second time around (that Sunday), I’d hardly call it warm. “sigh” Oh well…it’s like John Carpenter. One of those celebrities that’s such a major force in the genre you just gotta meet em’ no matter what they’re like in person.
I saw him again last year at the family-friendly Monster Bash but didn’t stop by his table. Though his bloody talents seemed out of place at that old school event, Savini attends every year because he, himself, is fan of classic monsters. In fact, he’s so comfortable at that venue, he brings along his grandson and allows him to run amok. I remember the child hanging out with the horror hosts and playing with Count Gore De Vol before seeking refuge on Penny Dreadful’s lap (and who can blame him?). That trip was sort of a spur of the moment thing for me, and I’d forgotten to pack along an item that demanded Savini’s attention. Horrorhound Weekend 2013 would allow me another chance…
After a full day of events, my legs felt like lead pipes and I trudged back to the hotel.