Tobe Hooper, director of Poltergeist and Texas Chain Saw Massacre, dies at 74

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 August, 2017, 8:27pm
UPDATED : Monday, 28 August, 2017, 7:26am

Film director Tobe Hooper, best known for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist horror films, died in California on Saturday, US media reported. He was 74.

The cause of the director’s death in the town of Sherman Oaks was not announced, the Hollywood industry magazine Variety reported.

Hooper, a native of Austin, Texas, was a college professor and documentary producer before branching out in 1974 to direct The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, one of the most influential films of the horror genre.

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The film, shot for less than US$300,000, was banned in several countries for its extreme violence but nevertheless was one of the most profitable independent US films of the 1970s, Variety said.

Hooper also directed the film’s 1986 sequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, which had a more lighthearted approach.

In 1982, Hooper directed Poltergeist, a film written and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film had an US$11 million budget and grossed US$76.6 million, according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).

The late director is survived by two sons, Variety said.