The man behind 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' passed away over the weekend.
Another of the world's greatest horror directors, Tobe Hooper, has passed away at the age of 74 in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. He's the man that was a huge influence on Ridley Scott's 'Alien' franchise, and sparked a major generation of bloodthirssty slasher films in Hollywood.
Tobe Hooper at Frightfest 2010
According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, natural causes were cited for the death of Tobe Hooper on Saturday (August 26th 2017), the award-winning director of two iconic movies: 1974's 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' and 1982's 'Poltergeist'.
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While audiences have become weary of constant remakes, film-makers live in fear of them - especially iconic 1980s Spielberg films.
Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper's 1982 haunted house movie 'Poltergeist' is so iconic that remaking it has always scared away filmmakers. Instead, they have merely been mimicking its innovative approach for more than 30 years.
'Poltergeist' was released on 22nd May 2015
The remake's star Rosemarie DeWitt couldn't agree more. "I mean they rip it off constantly in the horror genre," she says. "So now we just didn't 'pretend' to not make 'Poltergeist', we just made 'Poltergeist'! Because the younger generation doesn't know that movie."
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In our collective consciousness, Leatherface and his chainsaw have become as iconic as Freddy and his razors or Jason and his hockey mask. And it's all thanks to a goofy and only occasionally scary low-budget horror vehicle that started it all in 1974 (making Leatherface the ancient grandfather of his contemporaries). The story has been widely copied in the following decades: Hippie teens run out of gas and seek refuge at a backwater gas station; too bad a family of psychos are waiting in store for them. (In the last year alone this premise was copied nearly to the letter in both Wrong Turn and House of 1000 Corpses.) Over the years the film would spawn seven sequels or remakes (to date), including versions starring Dennis Hopper and Renee Zellweger.
Continue reading: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Review
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