'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Director Tobe Hooper Has Died

Erica Roy
August 28, 2017

The horror legend, who also directed chilling 80s flick Poltergeist, passed away in California on Saturday. We know that chainsaw wielding maniac now as Leatherface, and the movie was The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

The director was best known for the 1974 movie The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which tells the tale of a group of friends who encounter a family of cannibals featuring central villain Leatherface. The Los Angeles County Coroner has said the cause of his death is yet unknown.

The film became a sensation and a foundation for horror movies to come. Whether that belongs to credited producer Steven Spielberg or credited director Hooper - or a odd hybrid of the two - it's still a terrifying experience. Though FUNHOUSE, LIFEFORCE and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2 have their followings, it's safe to say that Hooper never again captured the magic that was THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and many rightfully view him as a one-hit wonder. The movie spawned six sequels and influenced generations of film-makers, including Alien director Ridley Scott, while laying the blueprint for slasher tropes like the masked killer and the final girl. Hooper also found success on television with a CBS miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's novel Salem's Lot.

For better or worse, we probably wouldn't have a Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity without Tobe Hooper leading the way.

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With his beard, oval glasses and gentle smile, Hooper did not appear to be the kind of person to strike fear into anybody, but his films certainly did and his films have become classics of the genre.

Eight years later, in 1982, Hooper directed "Poltergeist", which was written and produced by Steven Spielberg.

His directing career continued well into the 2000s, although his later films did not achieve the attention or acclaim of his early works.

His last film as a director was Djinn in 2013 - a supernatural thriller set in the United Arab Emirates.

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