Magazine article Screen International

'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Director Tobe Hooper Dies Aged 74

Magazine article Screen International

'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Director Tobe Hooper Dies Aged 74

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The director’s 1974 classic took the horror genre into a new realm of shocking.

Tobe Hooper, the director whose 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre took the horror genre into a new realm of shocking realism, has died. He was 74.

Hooper passed away on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was born on January 25, 1943, in Texas and worked as a college professor and made documentaries before his cult film turned him into a household name.

Inspired by the late George A. Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead, Hooper, who has said in interviews he had grown bored of watching horror films, set about making something he believed would give film-goers value for money.

The idea famously came to him when he was in a store surrounded by shoppers. Finding himself in the hardware section, the frustrated Hooper spotted a chainsaw and imagined how effective the power tool might be at crowd dispersal. …

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