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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…

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Goodbye, Gunnar Hansen

(March 4, 1947 – November 7, 2015)

The original Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Gunnar Hansen passed away Saturday from pancreatic cancer. I was privileged to meet Hansen a few years ago in Lexington, Kentucky, as he introduced a midnight screening of the 1974 classic and took questions from the audience.

Leatherface

Horror Fun Cards: 1974 Topps Leatherface

1974 Topps Custom Card Leatherface A Texas Chain Saw Massacre Jedidiah Sawyer Tobe Hooper

Purchase The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition!

R.I.P. Marilyn Burns

(d. August 5, 2014)

Best known for her role as Sally in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, actress Marilyn Burns passed away Tuesday at the age of 65.

The many “Faces” of Gypsy Queen

In the 19th century, there was a baseball player named Connie Murphy. His nickname was “Stone Face.” This post isn’t about him.

Nor is it about “Tomato Face” Nick Cullop or “Baby Face” Marv Breuer, who played in the first half of the 20th century.

Roy Face was a 3-time All-Star and won over a hundred games in his career, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates. But this post isn’t about him either.

This post is about a couple of other faces: Leatherface and Ghost Face.

Leatherface, aka Thomas Hewitt, was the killer in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. I just watched the 2003 remake last night, and it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. I can’t believe it has been eight years since that movie came out, or that it has taken me so long to finally watch it. Nowhere near as good as the original, but still entertaining for the most part.

Ghost Face is the baddie from the Scream franchise. The fourth installment was just released recently, but I haven’t seen it yet. The only one I really remember is the original, but I think I have seen Scream 2 and Scream 3.

Day 3 of the 30 Day Horror Challenge

Day 03 – Your favorite slasher…

Tobe Hooper‘s original THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (or is it CHAIN SAW?) is unparalleled in the genre of psychotic murderers. I saw this film on the big screen in 2009, introduced by Gunnar Hansen, the original Leatherface in the flesh. There is just something about seeing such a classic in a theater with the killer in the room.

(see the 30 Day Horror Challenge here.)

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