Tom Savini To Re-release Grande Illusions Make-up Books As One

In 1983, Tom Savini released his first make-up effects book Grande Illusions, which showcased his many works of art for such films as Friday The 13th, Dawn Of The Dead, Creepshow and Maniac. The book was a huge hit with the kids and helped create aspiring effects artists that would later go on to work in Hollywood. In 1994, Tom released a second Grande Illusions book with even more imagery and how-to in the make-up effects world. The books have long been out of print, but now, we just received word that these are making a comeback!

Within the Press Release below, we are told that both books are going to offered as one book in a 268 page paperback retailing for $29.99. If you're a fan of old school make-up effects (and how could you not be if you are a reader of our website), and have not read the original books, then make sure to seek this out on October 15th!

October 9, 2013

Tom Savini and Dark Ink to Release Grande Illusions Books I & II As One Book For First Time 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.

Included in the book are great forwards by none other than, Stephen King, George Romero and Dick Smith.

Grande will be released October 10th and available to mass audiences through traditional distribution for the first time ever, giving these books an extended life that will no doubt inspire another generation.


Publisher: AuthorMike Dark Ink Author: Tom Savini
Binding: Paperback (8 x 11) Price: $29.99
Pages: 268
Release Date: 10/15/2013
Distributor: Ingram
Returnable: Yes
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