Tobe Hooper, Texas Chain Saw Massacre director, dies at 74 — BBCI

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He died in Sherman Oaks at the age of 74, the Los Angeles county coroner was quoted as saying by Variety and Movie Web, without giving further details. A cause of death is yet to be revealed. He directed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1974 and it has been argued that the movie is one of the most successful and influential horror films ever made.

A "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" movie poster is seen Wednesday, April 29, 2004, in Northewest Harbor, Maine. The story of a group of young friends who fall into the hands of a family of disgusting cannibals - led by the saw-wielding Leatherface - was controversial for its shocking violence, much of which was implied rather than directly shown.

He took on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 in 1986, but before that Hooper ghost-directed Poltergeist in 1982, which was based on a story by Steven Spielberg.

Once banned in several countries, the film spawned six sequels, and is said to have influenced other film-makers, notably Ridley Scott when he was making Alien.

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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.

A screenwriter and producer as well as a director, Hooper spent much of his career in horror, directing a series of works now considered classics of the genre, including Poltergeist and the TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel Salem's Lot. In 2013, he was in the box his latest film, Djinn.

Hooper's death comes less than two months after that of Romero and nearly exactly two years - less four days - after Craven's passing. Our condolences to his family.

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