The Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper passes away at 74

27 August, 2017, 19:08 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper passes away at 74

Based on the true story of serial killer Ed Gein, it spawned a less popular, campy 1986 sequel, also directed by Hooper, and many others sequels and related films on which Hooper had production credits.

The Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed the director's death, but the cause of death is not yet known.

There was something frightening and magical about watching Tobe Hooper's horror movies on the big screen or in our homes.

And for that alone, thank you Tobe Hooper.

Hooper made his directorial debut in 1969 with a low-budget film, Eggshells.

A "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" movie poster is seen Wednesday, April 29, 2004, in Northewest Harbor, Maine. Variety notes the independent film, shot for less than $300,000, became one of the most profitable and influential horror films of the 1970s.

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Tobe Hooper would continue to directing movies for the cult classic film company Cannon Films, including Lifeforce and a remake of the 1953 alien invasion movie Invaders from Mars.

Beyond the iconic "Massacre" series, Hooper also directed 1982's "Poltergeist", which was written and produced by Steven Spielberg and starred Craig T. Nelson alongside JoBeth Williams.

Hooper worked in TV often, the highlight being his direction of Stephen King's "Salem's Lot" (1979), a Gothic vampire tale that was released as a feature film outside the U.S. His other more recent works included "Toolbox Murders", "Mortuary" and two episodes of "Masters of Horror".

Hooper's supernatural thriller film "Djinn" premiered at the 2013 Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

The Austin, Texas, native also tried his hand at music videos, helming Billy Idol's "Dancing With Myself" music video in 1982 - which, of course, featured several horror elements, like skeletons and zombies.

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