'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Director Tobe Hooper Has Died
Tobe Hooper, the legendary horror director behind cult classics such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist, has died aged 74.
The Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed the director's death, but the cause of death is not yet known.
Hooper's directorial debut was low-budget 1969 film Eggshells. However, he would find his breakthrough in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which he also co-wrote alongside producer Kim Henkel.
The movie had a $300,000 budget but would go on to make $30.8million and gain a cult fan-base. The film was so grisly it was banned in a string of countries, including the UK, but this seemed to only drive more interest towards Leatherface and his clan.
A sequel, imaginatively named The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, was directed by Hooper and released in 1986. The franchise continues to this day, with a Leatherface prequel due out later this year.
Following the film's massive success, Hooper went on to work on the 1979 adaptation of Stephen King's Salem's Lot, and later, in 1982, he worked on Poltergeist.
Hooper also worked on the small screen, directing episodes of The Equalizer, Tales from the Crypt and Masters of Horror.
Tributes have been paid to the late director on social media:
Goodbye Tobe Hooper, the king of transgressive horror. pic.twitter.com/JtkwqntxUs
- Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) August 27, 2017
Very sad to hear of the passing of Tobe Hooper, another master of horror. He conjured some truly shattering, unforgettable moments in film. pic.twitter.com/6Kxw0gURzF
- edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 27, 2017
I can't believe #TobeHooper is gone. I just hung out with him a few weeks ago. So sad right now. @eliroth we just talked about him. My God! pic.twitter.com/neF9SbkLNn
- Michael Rosenbaum (@mrosenbaum711) August 27, 2017
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