(January 25, 1943 – August 26, 2017)
Iconic horror film director Tobe Hooper passed away yesterday at the age of 74 from natural causes. He is best known for the classics Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist and the television adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. A highly respected director, Hooper also worked in television, directing episodes of Freddy’s Nightmares, Tales from the Crypt, and Masters of Horror, as well as the music video for Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself.”
The horror community took to Twitter to remember the genius that was Tobe Hooper…
So sad to say goodbye to TOBE Hooper, the man who took a chance on me and gave me my career in film’s greatest genre.
— Bill Moseley (@choptopmoseley) August 27, 2017
The chainsaw is now quiet, but it will forever be heard.
RIP Tobe Hooper.
— Clive Barker (@RealCliveBarker) August 27, 2017
Sorry to hear Tobe Hooper passed. He did a terrific job directing the ‘SALEM’S LOT miniseries, back in the day. He will be missed.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 27, 2017
One of the kindest souls I’ve ever known and a wicked sense of humor pic.twitter.com/wr60mfo0np
— Tom Holland (@RealTomHolland) August 27, 2017
Tobe Hooper directed THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, a seminal work in horror cinema. He was a kind, decent man and my friend. A sad day.
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) August 27, 2017
Tobe Hooper was a maverick a rebel and gentle, kind soul. An unlikely combination and a great loss. He changed genre films forever.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) August 27, 2017
Just woken up to news that my friend Tobe Hooper has passed away. A great director, yes, but also the kindest, sweetest man. I am so sad.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 27, 2017
Very few people were as generous, kind and encouraging as Tobe Hooper. I will miss him deeply and feel lucky for the time I had with him. pic.twitter.com/8dOGHGvdK4
— Eli Roth (@eliroth) August 27, 2017
Tobe Hooper, architect of the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ is dead
TCM was SO impactful. Safe travels, Tobe. https://t.co/NRgVBjM1QG
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) August 27, 2017
Tobe Hooper, a kind, warm-hearted man
Who made the most terrifying film ever.
A good friend I will never forget
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) August 27, 2017
— Tom Savini (@THETomSavini) August 27, 2017
Had the pleasure of breaking bread with #TobeHooper and discussing his unique vision and horror process. Important film legend
— Tony Todd (@TonyTodd54) August 27, 2017
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 27, 2017
I just heard about the death of Tobe Hooper. This is really sad. I first met Tobe at the… https://t.co/z73xYnjgLe
— Rob Zombie (@RobZombie) August 27, 2017
Very sad to hear of the passing of Tobe Hooper, another master of horror. He conjured some truly shattering, unforgettable moments in film. pic.twitter.com/6Kxw0gURzF
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 27, 2017
Another hero gone. So sad to wake up to the news about Tobe. Farewell, maestro. pic.twitter.com/3EtDo04hZz
— Adam Green (@Adam_Fn_Green) August 27, 2017
Thank you, Tobe Hooper. (1943-2017) pic.twitter.com/0Tcxlf9zMt
— Aesthetic Horror (@AestheticHorror) August 27, 2017
Sad to learn that we’ve lost another horror icon this year. Rest easy, Tobe Hooper. pic.twitter.com/wBI3TQjOXv
— Fangoria (@FANGORIA) August 27, 2017
— MONDO (@MondoNews) August 27, 2017
We mustn’t ever lose this image. pic.twitter.com/HFD1Y69e9T
— BBB Miska (@bradmiska) August 27, 2017
Day 07 – Your favorite supernatural horror film…
Easily the best ghost movie ever. POLTERGEIST has it all. Creepy but cute little kid? Check. Headstrong male who is put in his place? Check. Bossy little lady who talks all big and bad to the ghosties? Check. This movie had every little kid in the country put his or hands against the snowy static on their TV screens, saying, “They’re here,” driving their parents bonkers. Or was that just me?
Every year, my mom asks what she can give me for my birthday. Every year, my answer is the same: “I don’t know.” There’s not really anything I need, so I usually end up getting a gift card to Walmart or Best Buy. This year was Best Buy, and I took a trip out to the store last night.
Here’s what I bought…
Wes Craven is a horror mastermind. He is the genius behind Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise. I watched The People Under The Stairs not too long ago, not realizing it was a Wes Craven movie. I’m think I saw The Serpent And The Rainbow while I was half-asleep a couple of months ago on television. And I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Shocker, but I love the soundtrack.
Poltergeist is a classic that should be in every horror fan’s collection, and I’m ashamed that it has taken so long to arrive in mine. It’s been too long since I watched it, but that will be corrected by this weekend.
I have a long history with Prom Night. The movie came out in 1980, so I was obviously too young to see it on the big screen. I was probably 7 or 8 years old when I saw part of the movie on television. Only part. This part…
I turned it off after that scene, and never saw the rest of the movie…until just now. I didn’t even know what the movie was until this September. I could describe that opening scene, but no one ever made the connection with Prom Night until I was talking about it at the ScareFest in Lexington in September.
I didn’t know Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Neilsen were in it; I didn’t know it was set around a school dance; I didn’t know anything but that opening scene. Fortunately, someone at the ScareFest was able to tell me immediately what the movie was. I looked it up on YouTube, and sure enough, that was the movie. So I bought it last night, and I’m glad I did. Although I’m not sure I’m going to be able to sleep today…that opening scene still gives me the chills.