Horror movie trailblazing director Tobe Hooper died at the age of 74 on Saturday in Sherman Oaks, California, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. The cause of death was not disclosed at press time.
Austin, Texas-born Hooper's 1974 classic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" is considered one of America's greatest, most-influential horror films and a movie with far-reaching cultural impact, despite being banned in multiple countries when it was released. The story of a group of young friends who fall into the hands of a family of ugly cannibals - led by the saw-wielding Leatherface - was controversial for its shocking violence, much of which was implied rather than directly shown.
Tobe Hooper, the director of the film "the texas chainsaw Massacre" celebrates 40 years of his film at the Grand Rex in Paris on 23 September 2014. The film spawned a number of sequels - the first of which was directed by Hooper - as well as several remakes.
The 1982 Poltergeist, written and produced by Steven Spielberg, also became a classic of the genre.
The rest of Hooper's output was erratic in quality and he seemed nearly more comfortable working in the independent world instead of the Hollywood system.
Horror director, Mick Garris did some fantastic interviews back in 2010 for his Post Mortem with Mick Garris show with Tobe Hooper to talk about the horror films he created and what influences he brought with him during their creation. For much of the 1960s he worked as a university professor and a documentary cameraman. Our condolences to his family.