'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' director Tobe Hooper has died, aged 74

Emilio Banks
August 28, 2017

The loss of Hooper is the second big blow to the horror film community in as many months, following the passing of legendary Night of the Living Dead writer-director George A. Romero in July at age 77.

Hooper's will always be remembered and associated with creating the horror masterpiece The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Tobe Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" took a buzz saw to audiences with its brutally frightful vision, has died.

The US director died in Sherman Oaks, California, a coroner is reported as confirming to Variety.

"He looks to be a natural death", Molano said. The film also earned three Academy Award nominations for best sound editing, best visual effects, and best original score. Hooper also directed the video for Billy Idol's 1982 track "Dancing With Myself".

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And although The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will remain the movie that history will forever cite as his signature film, Hooper made many, many masterpieces.

He used real skeletons as props, adding to the macabre feel of a film that spawned a string of inferior slasher movies, with young women usually the victims.

Hooper was known primarily for his work in the horror genre, with his most notable and impactful films on the genre and the pop culture consciousness at large being Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist. Case in point: In 1979, Hooper directed the CBS miniseries adapted from Stephen King's novel Salem's Lot. Hooper, whose inspiration struck while looking at chain saws in a department store, considered the film a political one - a kind of shock to '70s malaise.

Other credits include the 1976 thriller "Eaten Alive", a 1986 remake of "Invaders from Mars" and the 1990 horror film "Spontaneous Combustion". He worked in television and film through the 1990s and 2000s, doing such films as The Mangler and Toolbox Murders.

Hooper's final film was the United Arab Emirates-set "Djinn" in 2013.

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