'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Director Tobe Hooper Dies at 74

'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Director Tobe Hooper Dies at 74

'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Director Tobe Hooper Dies at 74

Directors, actors, and more took to social media to share their thoughts and condolences following the death of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist director Tobe Hooper, who passed away at the age of 74.

Hooper and contemporaries like George Romero crafted some of the scariest nightmares that ever haunted moviegoers.

And as for Hooper's two-part TV adaptation of Stephen King's Salem Lot in 1979-just ask anyone who was around at the time how much that one fucked us all up.

Horror film icon Bill Mosely also honored Hooper, noting how the director gave him his first big break by casting him as "Chop Top" Sawyer in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Some of which were better films that Chain Saw, if not as important. I looked down and there was a rack of chain saws in front of me for sale. In this corner of rural America, they fall on a family of degenerate and going to be the victims of "Leatherface", a man with a mask made of human skin. The movie was famously made on a $300,000 budget and wound up grossing over $30 million in the domestic box office.

Despite the popularity of his horror films, Hooper felt more comfortable working on lower budget movies in the fright genre.

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Legendary horror director John Carpenter also paid tribute via Twitter. Later, it would become part of the permanent collection at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

In 1982, Hooper turned to horror again when he released Poltergeist - written and produced by Steven Spielberg.

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. A poorly received but profitable remake followed in 2003. The film confused many fans when it was released but has acquired a large cult following over time.

His last film, the 2013 "Djinn", was set in the United Arab Emirates and delivered by Image Nation.

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