Slipknot's Corey Taylor

Corey Taylor Has Recruited Horror Special Effects Legend Tom Savini For His New Slipknot Mask


Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has revealed that he has been working on his new Slipknot mask with special effects legend Tom Savini. Savini has a long history in horror and film that dates back to the late 70s, though is probably most recognizable for starring as ‘Sex Machine’ in 1996’s ‘From Dusk Till Dawn‘.

Speaking with Dean Delray on the ‘Let There Be Talk‘ podcast, Taylor revealed the news after speaking on who the band had worked on their masks with in the past:

“We work with different people. We worked with Screaming Mad George for the longest time.”

When asked who that was, Taylor replied:

“He’s an effects guy from Japan. He did a lot of the special effects for… The movie that comes to mind now, ‘Big Trouble in Little China.’ He did a lot of that stuff. But he’s a maniac, he’s an amazing artist. He did the masks for us, for ‘Iowa‘, ‘Volume 3‘, he did a little work with us on ‘All Hope Is Gone‘.

But then we worked with a bunch of other people. I had the privilege this time around, the new stuff that I’m working on, to work with Tom Savini. He’s the godfather to me. Got to hang out with him, got to talk with him. Met him through a friend who actually works with him. And the three of us were kind of developing this new mask together so I’m kind of fuckin’ chuffed on that.”

Taylor shared this very vague tease of his new mask in late December and said of the reaction to that:

“…It’s really bare bones right now because it has to do with what I’m gonna do underneath it as well. But it’s not there yet so I just kind of gave a little sample. And people were like, ‘What the fuck?!’ I loved it. It blew up so quick. And then it turned into like 20 fucking news stories on Loudwire and shit. And I was like ‘You people need to get out more.’ Everybody was like, ‘Is it bullets?! What is that?! I don’t know what the fuck I’m looking at!’ So I loved that shit.”

In addition to speaking of his early masks and more, Taylor also revealed that the band tour with crew who oversee the care of their masks after each show:

“…Everything is gonna start to deteriorate after a while. For us, we keep them all… First of all, we try to get as much of the moisture of it as possible, because that destroys the latex and whatnot. But we also have people who work for us, who actually take the masks at the end of the night and make sure they’re dry and they’re put away and then they’re brought out to get air into them. You know, during the tour and whatnot. But after the tour cycle, I don’t really care. I’ve got a lot of my old ones on styrofoam heads, just for displaying and shit.”

As is customary for Slipknot, the band generally refresh their masks and attire with each album cycle and with a new record from the group currently in the works for a summer release, you can expect to see what they have in store in the coming months.


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My profound pleasure to be a guest @thetomsavini house. Still geeking out- thank you so much for having me!!

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