Tobe Hooper, the director of a number of pioneering horror movies including The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), has died aged 74. The Los Angeles County Coroner has ruled the death to be the result of natural causes.
Hooper was a well respected and hugely influential filmmaker whose rise to prominence in the 1970s is thought to be of profound importance to the horror movement of the decade, with the above mentioned Texas Chain Saw Massacre finding early commercial success and later critical appraisal from a budget of only $300,000.
Hooper was also at the helm for the hugely successful Steven Spielberg scripted Poltergeist (1982), as well as Salem’s Lot (1979).
In response to the announcement that Hooper had died, fellow horror director John Carpenter described Massacre as “a seminal work in horror cinema”, with The Exorcist director William Friedkin describing Hooper as “a kind, warm-hearted man who made the most terrifying film ever”.