Tobe Hooper, 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' And 'Poltergeist' Director, Dead At 74

Tobe Hooper, 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' And 'Poltergeist' Director, Dead At 74

Tobe Hooper, 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' And 'Poltergeist' Director, Dead At 74

There was something frightening and magical about watching Tobe Hooper's horror movies on the big screen or in our homes. The circumstances of Hooper's death are not yet known; he was seventy-four years old.

Its director, horror legend Tobe Hooper, died yesterday in Sherman Oaks, CA, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner who confirmed the news to Variety.

In addition to "Massacre", Hooper is known for directing "Poltergeist", produced by Steven Speilberg, about a family plagued by a haunted house full of angry ghosts.

Hooper was one of a group of pioneering directors in the 1970s and '80s (including George Romero and John Carpenter) whose films shocked and grossed out an eager audience.

The movie was in part based on the true story of a serial killer, called "Leatherface" in the film, who skinned his victims and used some body parts as household decorations.

In 1974, the Austin, Texas-born Hooper achieved notoriety as the man behind The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a low-budget grindhouse flick that broke ground with its sheer levels of insane (albeit gore-free) viciousness and diseased energy.

After the success of the first Chain Saw, Tobe Hooper and co-writer Kim Henkel were approached to do a handful of sequels.

" Very sad to hear of the passing of Tobe Hooper, another master of horror".

He also directed episodes of the series "Amazing Stories", "Freddy's Nightmares", and "Tales From the Crypt", and the Billy Idol music video, "Dancing With Myself".

In 1979, Hooper worked on the television version of the classic Stephen King horror novel "Salem's Lot", which is regarded as one of the best adaptations of his work.

His troubled 1976 shocker Eaten Alive is even more bananas that TCM (we adore it) and hammered home the sort of blackly amusing, out of control vision that Hooper would wind into all his movies, no matter the budget or source material.

Photo Mr. Hooper during an interview in Madrid in 2014. It debuted at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2013 but has yet to see a theatrical release.

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