Sad news for horror fans today… 🙁
Tobe Hooper has passed away at the age of 74.
The reporter from Los Angeles county reported that Tobe Hooper is no more in Sherman Oaks and this sad thing has happened on 26th August. Till now the cause of death was not revealed.
If you are a horror fan, you may definitely know all of his contributions to the horror industry. But for those unaware, Hooper was the person who has given us two of the best and the scariest movies of them all: The Texas ChainSaw Massacre and Poltergeist. Along with directing 1974’s The Texas ChainSaw Massacre, he also wrote the screenplay and created its soundtrack. It means he is responsible for delivering that entire terrifying tale.
An interesting thing about Hooper is, he taught at a college before making films, and he made many documentaries too.
He was doing some holiday shopping in the early 70s and he saw a rack of chainsaws for sale. At that time, he thought how starting up a chainsaw would definitely part the crowd. But instead of firing up a chainsaw in a busy department store, he pulled together a group of teachers and students at the college. And that’s how the blockbuster movie was created. Really!!!
As there wasn’t much blood at all in the film, Hooper had to fight repeatedly to get it down. It was still banned in several countries. 12 years later, Hooper directed the sequel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
This movie was totally different from the first, but still, just an absolute gem which proves again Hooper’s incredible skill. Another movie which proves his skill is “Poltergeist”. Eight years after the original Texas ChainSaw Massacre and four years before its sequel, he has made Poltergeist. This is a movie is also one of the greatest horror movies of all time.
He has directed many other things as well including a miniseries based on Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot and a Billy Idol music video. Hooper is known as one of the most influential people when it comes to horror movies.
James Wan, director of Saw and The Conjuring tweeted, “Sad To Hear the passing of Tobe Hooper. One of the nicest people. A sweet, gentle soul of a man. Your legacy lives on.”
John Carpenter wrote, “Tobe Hooper directed THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, a seminal work in horror cinema. He was a kind, decent man, and my friend. A sad day.”
William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist said, “Tobe Hooper, a kind, warm-hearted man who made the most terrifying film ever. A good friend I will never forget.”
RIP, Tobe… 🙁