Tobe Hooper, executive of "Texas Chain Saw Massacre," passed at 74

Filmmaker Tobe Hooper, whose 1974 gore film “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” was a explorer in the horror genre, has died. He was 74.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s bureau pronounced that Hooper died Saturday in Los Angeles, reportedly from healthy causes.

Hooper was one of a organisation of pioneering directors in the 1970s and ’80s (including George Romero and John Carpenter) whose films repelled and grossed out an fervent audience. He destined the 1982 abnormal film “Poltergeist” (from a book by Steven Spielberg), and the 1979 TV film “Salem’s Lot,” blending from the Stephen King novel.


Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974).

But Hooper was best famous for 1974’s “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” in which the mean Leatherface and his multi-coloured family of cannibals scare a organisation of immature people who done the fatal mistake of branch up at an removed homestead.

Made for reduction than $300,000 and shot on 16mm, the film would go on to sum about $30 million domestically.

While it was banned in several countries since of its gore, the film was also screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Critic Roger Ebert called the film (not wholly dismissively) “as aroused and hideous and blood-soaked as the pretension promises,” and that it was “really a lot better than the genre requires.”

“Texas Chain Saw Massacre” would enthuse a horde of splatter films in its wake. Hooper himself destined a 1986 sequel, starring Dennis Hopper.

In 2014 Hooper told Indiewire that he believed audiences of currently “get” the mocking amusement of “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” better than when the film debuted in the 1970s. 

“There is this kind of, we don’t know, Thanksgiving-dinner-in-Texas-with-a-big-family feeling about it, where if you back divided distant adequate from it you’ll see a family start fighting and it will turn humorous since it’s formed in truth. It’s ironically funny,” he said.

A local of Austin, Hooper was a college highbrow and cameraman who shot documentaries before trying his palm at directing the unusual 1969 film about hippies, called “Eggshells.”

Following the success of “Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” Hooper would approach countless horror stories for film and television. His 1979 instrumentation of “Salem’s Lot,” about a city tormented by vampires, starred David Soul, James Mason and Lance Kerwin, was praised as one of the many terrifying TV films ever.


Left: A vampire is awakened in “Salem’s Lot.” Right: JoBeth Williams discovers the family swimming pool is assigned in “Poltergeist.”

Other important credits embody “Eaten Alive,” “The Funhouse,” “Lifeforce” (about vampires from outdoor space), “Invaders From Mars,” “Night Terrors,” and “Toolbox Murders.”

He also destined episodes of the series “Amazing Stories,” “Freddy’s Nightmares,” and “Tales From the Crypt,” and the Billy Idol music video, “Dancing With Myself.”

His last film was the 2013 abnormal thriller “Djinn.”

John Carpenter, the executive of the slasher film “Halloween,” paid reverence to Hooper on Twitter:

In a 2000 talk with the A.V. Club, Hooper concurred that “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” would be the film for which he’d be remembered, and he seemed excellent with that:

“It was a finish piece insofar as things were really operative and not compromised by a committee,” he said. “It will be the film, just as ‘Gone With The Wind’ was Selznick’s. we consider it’s on his tombstone.”

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