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Goodbye, Tobe Hooper

(January 25, 1943 – August 26, 2017)

Iconic horror film director Tobe Hooper

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…

Horror Fun Cards: 1982 Topps Tangina Barrons

Tangina Barrons 1982 Poltergeist Zelda Rubinstein

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Day 7 of the 30 Day Horror Challenge

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?

(see the 30 Day Horror Challenge here.)

Money well-spent: horror movies for my birthday

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.

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