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Kill the Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day, mommy! Kill it! Don’t let it get away, mommy! Don’t let it live!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’m a little bit backwards… it’s Father’s Day and here I am posting a pic of one of horror cinema’s most famous mothers, behind Ma Bates, of course. However, since Ms. Voorhees is being prepared for her final moments on this earth by Tom Savini, I think I can get a pass since the father of this effect is working with his daughter.

A bit of a stretch? Yeah, sure… but the pic’s cool, so take it or leave it!

Here’s Savini getting Betsy Palmer’s fake head ready for the decapitation sequence that ends the very first Friday the 13th. You can tell that she’s a work in progress here, which I really dig. Savini was the top of his game at this point in his career.

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If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

I see you shiver with antici… … … … pation for tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic!

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  • June 19, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by BrilliantDisguise

    sorry....had to do it once in my life

  • June 19, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    oh yeah and....

    by BrilliantDisguise pic. I always enjoy this column. If you think about it really is the microcosm of what AICN is all about.

  • June 19, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    I wish Aintitcool had more writers.

    by ShogunMaster

    Remember years ago when there'd be like 20 new articles every day? Every day you'd have to spend an hour or so just to catch up and every time you refreshed the page, a new article would be up. Now Harry just does his dvd column (sometimes) and does a review once every few months. Quint does the pic of the day stuff, which is awesome, but hardly an article. And everyone else just throws in one every week or so. It's too bad that this site doesn't have the passion it once did. I hope it does again. That said, great pic Quint. Thanks for at least giving a reason to visit the site once a day still.

  • June 19, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    pretty cool quint

    by mattforce7

    and not a stretch at all

  • June 19, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Rocky Horror still really freaks me out

    by matthooper8

    I don't know why it does it just does.

  • June 19, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    I remember when Harry would make up funny Photoshop images (relevant to the story) or animated gifs, etc. just about every day, those were good times for reading AICN. I also liked the "spy report" concept with the associated fiction of how the scoop was gained, character of the spy, and all that. It was irrelevant as news, but damn fun to read. I really think that's what made AICN, and is what has been lost in the years since. I guess I understand why it's not like that anymore, but I miss it.

  • June 19, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    more is always better

    by StevenScorsese

    More articles, more scoops, more info - but I always like these behind the scenes photos

  • June 19, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Remember years ago . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . when 80% of talkbackers weren't douch-bag bitches like shogunmaster.

  • June 19, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Missed opportunity quint, Today should have been an Empire photo

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    "i am your father" It literally writes itself. You fail

  • June 19, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    I too miss the old days here.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Been an almost daily visitor since year dot. Right now though - I miss the site actually being USABLE. Really, what the hell happened here? How many months ago was it that Harry was all excited about a big uber-revamp that would blow us all away and bring the site kicking and screaming from 1997 all the way to 2011 at last? What we have is an under-haul! A fucked up, buggy, unreliable version of what came before. Honestly - I'm not one of those that carps on about an 'edit' function or any ground-up alteration of what makes the talkbacks (let's face it - the ONLY part of the site which makes us daily visitors anymore) ... in fact I kind of like the old-timey quaintness of this place... ... But if the site decides to load at all at times lately, the talkback is fucked, or some other error is thrown up. I've whinged about it too long already - I do love this place but whoever Harry paid to give the site a lick of paint and a kick in the ass really, really, really ripped the poor guy off.

  • June 19, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    No CREEPSHOW Pic???

    by ENIK REED

  • June 19, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Tom Savini still looks the fucking same.

    by ROBRAM89

    Aged a bit, obviously, but that Zappa mustache will never go away.

  • June 19, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Quint, citation needed.

    by SebastianHaff

    Friday the 13th was Savini - just before - the top of his game, which came a few years later during Day of the Dead. Those effects are to this day unmatched. Anywhere. The scene where young-as-fuck Nicotero gets his throat ripped open still fucks me up.

  • June 19, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Savini fans must see 'Knightriders'

    by Eyegore

    Knights jousting on motorcycles. Savini plays a major role as the black knight. Classic!

  • June 19, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Great pic from Savini's book Bizarro but...

    by cobrakinte

    I have to agree with sebastianhaff that this was a couple of years before Savini really achieved greatness.

  • June 20, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST


    by zacdilone

    Yeah, but in your post about Empire where you commented, "you fail," you didn't think to make it, "That is why you fail." Double fail.

  • June 20, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Now HERE's a Father's Day pic...

    by Monroville

  • June 20, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST


    by CreepyThinMan

  • June 20, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Harry needs to pass AICN on to someone new...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Like Willy Wonka giving Charlie the chocolate factory.

  • A really cool book. Part Dick Smith's Monster Makeup Handbook and part biography. If you're a fan, look it up.

  • June 20, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    yeah, Knightriders is classic

    by Spandau Belly

    Sometimes I blurt out "I'm fighting the dragon!"

  • June 20, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by cobrakinte

    Just in case someone takes your excellent advice and buys this book, it was actually called Bizarro first. A few years later when they re-printed it they changed the name to Grande Illusions. I was kind of ticked when I realized that I bought the same book twice, just with two different names. But if you like Bizarro/Grande Illusions check out Grande Illusions II. Savini was really at the top of his game by the time he published that one.

  • June 20, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I got "Bizzaro"... didn'tknow there was a second book!

    by ufoclub1977

  • June 20, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    @cobrakinte Grande Illusions and another great book...

    by v3d

    It is certain that Baker's name will be well recognized in the makeup field. He never fails to accept a challenging assignment, and when he believes totally in a particular creation or concept, as he did with King Kong, he doesn't hesitate to "stick to his guns" and produce the best he has in him.

  • June 20, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    OFF WIV 'ER 'EAD!!!

    by kermit_the_fraud look like you're shocked, dontcha? Totally took you by surprise that little uppity bitch had it in her, huh? Fuckin' little head-choppin' slut. But you like it dontcha? Huh? All that slaughter was just a cry for attention, wasn't it?

  • June 20, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Savini did a workshop at my film school coked out of his mind

    by edwardpenishands

    It was awsome.

  • June 20, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Kill her mommy

    by TheBoManKicksAssAndTakesBlame

  • June 20, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Another vote for Savini's insane "Day of the Dead" work as Best In Show.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    The full-body rip at the end? Incredible.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    my last post was cut off...

    by v3d

    the paragraph that did make it was from the book Making a Monster. It's a summary of the then young Rick Baker's work.

  • June 21, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST


    by cobrakinte

    That makes more sense now. I thought maybe my sleep deprived brain just couldn't wrap itself around your post. Thanks for the book recommendation. I looked it up and it sounds pretty cool.

  • June 22, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST


    by v3d

    That truncated post killed the best part. A friend of mine was working in special makeup effects in the early 80's. This was when a lot of the independent makeup guys were putting together bigger studios as the demand for their work was increasing. I sent him that book and he took it to Stan Winston. Stan very graciously signed it for me. I never did meet him but did meet several guys who worked in his shop. Everyone said he was a great guy and one of the best people to ever work for.

  • June 22, 2011, 9 p.m. CST


    by cobrakinte

    Lucky! I found the book on amazon for 12 bucks so at least I'll have it. Do you do effects make-up btw?