Growing up in the 1980's and seeing Tom Savini's name attached to 1/2 of all of the significant horror films in my golden age sort of sets me up to really admire what Savini has done. I remember reading about him in Fangoria and thinking how cool this guy must be. Sadly, this is not the case- my only encounter with Tom was not bad, however no words were exchanged so I can not have an opinion good or bad about the guy. It just seems that the fans are split half and half- one half thinks that he is burnt out to the point where he hates conventions and in turn treats his fans like shit. The other half is completely opposite- they think he is super nice to the fans and is very fan oriented.
"When I see him at conventions, that's usually what he's doing.. setting there in his own world, checking his watch every so often. Not a person visiting his table."
I personally think that Savini thinks of this all as a 9 to 5 job, a job where he has been working so long and to the point where he is just counting the days to retirement. It sort of looks like he has become bored of it all and unfortunately sometimes inadvertently takes it out on his fans by being distant and rude. I see it two ways- Savini can be how he wants towards his fans and that's his own prerogative. I subscribe to the theory where nobody woes nobody nothing- everything given is given and if you want to pay your dues then so-be-it. However, at the same time it's hard not to say "if you are so miserable at these conventions then don't attend!" It's no secret how distant Savini can act- it's regularly discussed on message boards and Dead Pit Radio and he has been defended my just as many people, so... what is the verdict?
"From my personal experience, it seemed he was only interested in 3 things......
2. If you had nice tits
3. If you had $$$$ to spend at his table "
It's true, Savini has been really hard on Friday The 13th fans with saying things like "If you watch any Friday The 13th after Part 1, then you are stupid" and "there's no such thing as Jason". That again is Savini's own opinion and he is entitled to it. It seems like fans are really bitter for the fact that Savini acts that way towards the franchise despite working on Parts I and IV. It again is his prerogative to be in it only for the money, to do it for himself and not fans- that's life. But, if that is the case then don't sugar coat it Savini- be like Ted White and tell it like it is.
I really won't say much more on this, but it's really sad when an unknowing young kid who has idolized Tom Savini stands in line, pays entrance fees and walks up to Tom's table all excited to meet him and in turn gets treated like shit and ignored all for a $20 signing fee. Hell, I guess that is better than walking up to Tom, give him a picture to sign and he gets up and goes and talks to someone for a few minutes and comes back, signs your picture and shoves it towards you. Dude, lighten up or quit the fucking convention circuit!
If he doesn't want to talk about his classic horror movies then stop fucking doing HORROR cons. There are literally tons of stars and non-stars who are cordial, gracious and thankful for fans like us. Without paying fans he would be a total nobody.....period.