Whether or not you love Rob Zombie’s music or films, you definitely will be inspired by what he had to say about Tobe Hooper and one of the greatest films ever made… The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Rolling Stone contacted him to write a story on Hooper and what he had to say was beautiful and inspirational for anyone who appreciates and loves the art of filmmaking.
Rob Zombie posted on Facebook today that Hooper was one of the first directors to be supportive of him and in honor of doing so he took the opportunity to write about what he meant to him. He starts out by talking about how Hooper has a lot of beloved films that fans adore, but The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the one stands out above the rest. He described it as “a genuine American nightmare caught on film for all the world to see.”
You can see the full story on Rolling Stone by clicking – HERE. However, here is some of my favorite parts from throughout the article.
“The madness unfolding before me on that screen took it to the mountain and back. I was so deep in that world I thought Leatherface was gonna come bursting into the theater. George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead may have started the new wave of real life horror and Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left definitely pushed it further. But Chain Saw dragged it places no had ever dreamed of before. “
“To call The Texas Chain Saw Massacre a ‘slasher film’ or ‘just’ a horror movie is an insult at best. It is a film that stands side by side with some of the best films of it’s time – one every bit as powerful as Taxi Driver, Jaws, A Clockwork Orange and The Godfather. It is a true classic. Some people say that you’re only as good as your last project. That’s complete nonsense: Art has no timeline or expiration date. And for that reason, Tobe Hooper now resides along side the greats of cinema history.”
If you haven’t watched The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in awhile, today is a good day to rewatch this masterpiece. Appreciating everything Tobe Hooper brought to filmmaking and the people he inspired along the way.