Tobe Hooper, ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ has reportedly died at 74. The news of the horror movie pioneer was confirmed by the Los Angeles County Coroner.
The horror movie pioneer who was born in the year 1943 was named William Tobe Hooper at the time of his birth. But as he entered Hollywood, he dropped the first name for unknown reasons. Born in Austin Texas, cinema was in his genes.
The lure of films must have hit him very early. When Tobe Hooper was born, his father owned a successful theater in San Angelo. He told numerous times later that film making attracted him at a rather very young age.
While he will be remembered his 1974 “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” as it one of the most influential horror films of all time for its realistic approach and deranged vision. It was a low budget movie that cost the director no more than $300,000.
The limited budget of the movie meant that he had to work harder and give his best to the fil. He ensured that hard work compensated the measly budget. The limited budget forced Hooper to film for long hours seven days a week, so that he could finish as quickly as possible and reduce equipment rental costs. Due to the film’s violent content, Hooper struggled to find a distributor. Louis Perano of Bryanston Pictures eventually purchased the distribution rights. Hooper limited the quantity of onscreen gore in hopes of securing a PG rating, but the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rated it R. The film faced similar difficulties internationally.
Initially the response of the film was not good. It was banned in several countries where theatres were not allowed to show it. While it initially drew a mixed reception from critics, it was enormously profitable, grossing over $30 million at the domestic box office. It has since received a positive reappraisal and gained a reputation as one of the best and most influential horror films in cinema history.
The movie looked so real and so graphic that even horror movie fans were really haunted it for days after watching it. Along with contemporaries like George Romero and John Carpenter, Hooper crafted some of the scariest nightmares that ever haunted moviegoers. Hooper directed 1982’s Poltergeist from a script by Steven Spielberg, and helmed the well-regarded 1979 miniseries Salem’s Lot, from Stephen King’s novel.
Hooper married towice, first to Rita Bartlett Hooper in the year 2008. He later married Carin Berger in 1983. He has a son Anthony (Tony) William Hooper.