Tobe Hooper, famous for directing Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist died on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at the age of 74. The death is being reported as a natural causes death.
Tobe was born in Austin, Texas in 1943 and is survived by two sons.
His work in the horror genre was influential, to say the least. His first film, Eggshells (1969) he described as a “hippie movie.” His first big film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre would come only a short five years later and redefine the horror genre. It was made for less than $300,000.
Following up his hit, he made several other films including Invaders from Mars, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and of course Poltergeist. Released on June 4, 1982, the film was a major critical and commercial success, achieving in being the eighth highest-grossing film of 1982. Years since its release, the film has been recognized as a classic within the horror genre and has gained a cult following.