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Tobe Hooper dies at 74
    2017-August-29  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

HORROR film director Tobe Hooper, who set the movie world abuzz with “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” in 1974, has died in California, U.S. media say.

He died in Sherman Oaks at the age of 74, the Los Angeles county coroner was quoted as saying by Variety and Movie Web, without giving further details.

His tale of a family of cannibals with oversized kitchen utensils, laced with dark humor, became cult viewing.

Hooper also directed “Poltergeist” and the “Salem’s Lot” TV miniseries.

Born in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 25, 1943, Hooper worked as a college professor and documentary cameraman before breaking into the film world with “Chain Saw.”

Shot in six weeks for less than US$300,000, it tells of five young Americans waylaid by the said cannibals in rural Texas.

Hooper had got the idea when flustered by crowds in a department store. Finding himself in hardware, he imagined cutting his way out with a chainsaw.

He used real skeletons as props, adding to the macabre feel of a film that spawned a string of inferior slasher movies, with young women usually the victims.

His supernatural thriller, “Poltergeist,” written by Stephen Spielberg and released in 1982, was also hugely successful and became another classic within the horror genre. His TV adaptation of Stephen King’s vampire story “Salem’s Lot” was also widely acclaimed.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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