BREAKING: Hollywood Pioneer DEAD At 74

Tobe Hooper, 74, died Saturday (Wikimedia)

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Ted Hooper, director who made a mark on the horror film franchise with celebrated films The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Poltergeist, died Saturday evening in Sherman Oaks, California according to the Los Angeles County Coroner.  He was 74 years old. 

The circumstances of his death are not known at this time.

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Hooper and contemporaries like George Romero crafted some of the scariest nightmares that ever haunted moviegoers. He directed 1982’s “Poltergeist” from a script by Steven Spielberg and was behind the 1979 miniseries “Salem’s Lot,” from Stephen King’s novel.

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Variety reports that the 1974 “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” became one of the most influential horror films of all time for its realistic approach and deranged vision. Shot for less than $300,000, it tells the story of a group of unfortunate friends who encounter a group of cannibals on their way to visit an old homestead. Though it was banned in several countries for violence, it was one of the most profitable independent films of the 1970s in the U.S. The character of Leatherface was loosely based on serial killer Ed Gein.

“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” grossed over $30 million at the domestic box office.

The 1982 “Poltergeist,” written and produced by Steven Spielberg, also became a classic of the genre. The story of a family coping with a house haunted by unruly ghosts starred JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson. The film was a box office success for MGM and became the eighth-highest grossing film of the year.

Among his other works was the music video for Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself.” In 2011 he co-authored a post-modern horror novel titled “Midnight Movie” in which he himself appeared as the main character.

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Willard Tobe Hooper was born in Austin, Texas and taught college before starting out in documentaries.

He is survived by two sons.

Rest in peace brother. Thanks for the scary memories!

God Bless.

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