'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Director Tobe Hooper Passes Away at Age 74

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The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said it was reported as a natural death.

The circumstances of his death are now unknown.

Director Tobe Hooper, who helmed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has died aged 74.

Hooper helmed numerous horror films during his career, but the one that first gained him worldwide fame (and infamy) was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

He was also credited with directing Stephen Spielberg's 1982 film Poltergeist.

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After that, Mr. Hooper directed two movies for Cannon Films, . Hooper made a subversive and comedic sequel in 1986, with "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2", which was followed by sequels in 1990 and 1994 - the latter of which starred a young Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger. Shot for less than $300,000 in 1974, the film grossed more than $30 million. Composer John Carpenter wrote: "Tobe Hooper directed THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, a seminal work in horror cinema". Even as Hollywood was becoming (briefly) more serious about redefining mainstream filmmaking, Hooper and his colleagues painted a disarming picture about a house in rural Texas that looked bucolic on the outside, hiding truly unimaginable horrors within.

Among the directors influenced by Mr. Hooper's signature film was Guillermo del Toro, a creator of "The Strain", the FX horror series. "He's just not a strong presence on a movie set", and pitching Poltergeist and his then-forthcoming E.T. as companion pieces-"one is my dark side, and one is my bright side".

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Hooper's family and friends at this time.

The film is one of Hooper's most visually attractive ones as well, and I don't just mean because the heroine shows her boobs twice (that's a total of four boobs for you math nerds). When I finally sat down to watch the original film, before the excellent remake by Marcus Nispel hit theaters I believe, I was greatly surprised by what I saw.

And while most people might instantly think of TCSM when they think of Tobe Hooper, my personal favorite film of his was "Poltergeist." Now... He continued to direct television episodes and feature films until Djinn in 2013, his last movie.

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