Tobe Hooper, director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is dead at 74. The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office pronounced Hooper dead late Saturday, August 26th. By Sunday morning, the news spread across the horror community like wildfire. While Tobe Hooper is probably best known for TCM, his iconic career also boasted such horror mainstays as Poltergeist, The Funhouse, Lifeforce, Salem’s Lot, Body Bags, and Invaders From Mars. Fright fans, horror icons, celebrities, and collaborators took to Social Media to grieve the passing of a legend. Here’s a look at some of the touching tributes to the late, great Tobe Hooper.
Stephen King mentioned Hooper’s work on the Salem’s Lot mini series.
I didn’t know this, but apparently Tobe Hooper directed Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” video.
Bruce Campbell spoke of the influence and impact of the iconic Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Director James Wan spoke of his love for another Hooper film.
Guillermo Del Toro focused on the man, not the movies.
Kevin Smith is obviously a big Texas Chainsaw Massacre fan. He knows the Saw is family.
Robert Englund, Freddy Krueger himself, was a frequent collaborator.
Clive Barker noted the chainsaw is now quiet…
Mark Hamill took a moment to reflect on his time working with Tobe Hooper and Twiggy on Body Bags.
One horror master pays tribute to another…
James Gunn was beside himself at the loss of his good friend.
William Friedkin took the time to honor his friend and honor “the most terrifying film ever.”
Eli Roth shared a candid photo and spoke of Hooper’s generosity and kindness.
Finally, Stuart Gordon reminded us that George A. Romero and Wes Craven are also no longer with us. It certainly does feel like the end of an era.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Tobe Hooper’s family and friends in this time of grief and loss. May you rest in peace, Tobe Hooper. Thank you for all the scares!