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Director Tobe Hooper Has Died
Aug 28, 2017 by: WENN
Director Tobe Hooper has died at the age of 74.
The screenwriter, producer and director, who is best known for directing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist, died in Sherman Oaks, California on Saturday.
The Los Angeles County Coroner has said the cause of his death is yet unknown.
Hooper got his first taste of the movie industry when he directed low-budget movie Eggshells in 1969 but it wasn't until 1974 when he directed horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that he began his rise to fame.
The scary movie, which was filmed on a $300,000 budget and went on to make over $30 million at the box office, has since become labelled as one of the most influential horror films of all time.
Inspired by serial Killer Ed Gein, the film told the story of friends who met an untimely death at the hands of cannibal killers. The film's success spawned a number of sequels as well as several remakes.
A prequel film about lead character Leatherface is also due for release later this year.
Hooper’s career continued to blossom, and in 1979 he directed a TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot, before going on to direct Poltergeist which was written and produced by Steven Spielberg. Based in a haunted house, the film made over $120 million at the box office and became the eighth highest grossing film of the year.
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