What in the world is happening to all our beloved horror directors!?! This just in…legendary director Tobe Hooper has died at the age of 74!
Hooper was know for directing classic films such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Eaten Alive (1976), Salem’s Lot TV movie (1979), The Funhouse (1981), Poltergeist (1982), Lifeforce (1985), Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), Spontaneous Combustion (1990), Night Terrors (1993) and many more films and TV shows.
Hooper died Saturday in Sherman Oaks, Calif., according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. He was 74. The circumstances of his death were not known.
He continued working in television and film throughout the 1990s and 2000s, but none of the films had the impact of his early works. His last film, the 2013 Djinn, was set in the United Arab Emirates and produced by Image Nation. His other more recent works included Toolbox Murders, Crocodile, and Mortuary.
Willard Tobe Hooper was born in Austin, Texas and taught college before starting out in documentaries.
He is survived by two sons.
Tobe Hooper has always been an underrated filmmaker and deserves much more credit than what he got in life. I truly hope that in death, fans find his films and appreciate them much more now that he’s gone.
He was a one-of-a-kind writer and director and his work will forever be kept alive by his fans and followers.
Many condolences go out to Tobe Hooper’s friends and family at this difficult time. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten! God speed.
R.I.P. Tobe Hooper January 25th, 1943 – August 26, 2017!