Director Tobe Hooper, a master of the horror genre and known for creating such influential horror films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist, passed away at the age of 74 in Sherman Oaks, California late Friday August 26. Hooper's cause of death is still unknown at this time. He is survived by two sons.
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. Interestingly, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, considered an indie film when it was first released in 1974, was the film which led him to more high-profile projects. Case in point: In 1979, Hooper directed the CBS miniseries adapted from Stephen King's novel Salem's Lot. Just like his movies, the TV series was considered one of the greatest shows for television horror which arguably paved the way for similar shows like the American Horror Story series. Some his more recent movies before his death included Toolbox Murders, Mortuary, and two episodes of Masters Of Horror.
There was something frightening and magical about watching Tobe Hooper's horror movies on the big screen or in our homes. His ability to reach into our subconscious and flush our nervous systems with our most primal fears and anxieties was all part of his game. How we can forget the time we huddled together on the couch for protection when Leatherface came running out and wielding his chainsaw like some maniac at the end of #TexasChainSawMassacre?
Thank you, Tobe Hooper, for showing us that our fears let us know that we are alive.
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