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In Memoriam: director Tobe Hooper

28 August 2017 10:38 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Don Kaye Aug 29, 2017

The legendary director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has sadly died at the age of 74.

We're sad to report that filmmaker Tobe Hooper has passed away at the age of 74 in Sherman Oaks, California. The Austin, Texas native was best known for directing 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, one of the greatest and most influential horror films ever made and one of several films - including 1968’s Night Of The Living Dead, 1972’s The Last House On The Left and 1975’s Shivers - that introduced a raw new intensity to the genre.

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was made for around $300,000 and went on to earn more than $30 million at the box office. The story of a group of young friends who fall into the hands of a family of hideous cannibals - led by the »

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Tobe Hooper, 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Director, Dead at 74

27 August 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Tobe Hooper, the director of horror classics like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist, died Saturday in Sherman Oaks, California at the age of 74.

The Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed Hooper's death to Variety. No cause of death was provided.

While teaching college and making documentaries and TV commercials in his native Austin, Texas, Hooper gathered a cast of his students and fellow teachers to create a low-budget, Ed Gein-inspired horror film about a group of teenagers tormented by a family of cannibals and the chainsaw-wielding "Leatherface."

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Tobe Hooper, ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ and ‘Poltergeist’ Director, Dies at 74

26 August 2017 11:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tobe Hooper, the horror director best known for helming “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “Poltergeist,” died Saturday in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 74.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said it was reported as a natural death.

The 1974 “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” became one of the most influential horror films of all time for its realistic approach and deranged vision. Shot for less than $300,000, it tells the story of a group of unfortunate friends who encounter a group of cannibals on their way to visit an old homestead. Though it was banned in several countries for violence, it was one of the most profitable independent films of the 1970s in the U.S. The character of Leatherface was loosely based on serial killer Ed Gein.

Hooper also directed the 1986 sequel “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2,” which took a more comedic approach, as part of his Cannon Films deal.

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Tobe Hooper, ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ and ‘Poltergeist’ Director, Dies at 74

26 August 2017 11:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tobe Hooper, the horror director best known for helming “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “Poltergeist,” died Saturday in Sherman Oaks, Calif., according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. He was 74. The circumstances of his death were not known.

The influential 1974 “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” became a seminal horror title for its realistic approach and deranged vision. Shot for less than $300,000, it tells the story of a group of unfortunate friends who encounter a group of cannibals on their way to visit an old homestead. Though it was banned in several countries for violence, it was one of the most profitable independent films of the 1970s in the U.S. The character of Leatherface was loosely based on serial killer Ed Gein.

Hooper also directed the 1986 sequel “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2,” which took a more comedic approach, as part of his Cannon Films deal.

The 1982 “Poltergeist,” written and produced by Steven Spielberg, also »

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Image Nation Abu Dhabi pacts with producers Roy Lee, Steven Schneider

16 May 2017 11:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Three-year production deal aims for one genre film a year.

Image Nation Abu Dhabi has struck a production deal with veteran producers Roy Lee and Steven Schneider on a slate of high-concept, modestly- budgeted English-language genre films.

The goal is for the projects to demonstrate broad international appeal and franchise potential and make at least one film a year that Image Nation will fully finance. The parties declined to reveal titles.

The deal reunites Schneider with Image Nation after their recent collaboration on Ali F. Mostafa’s dystopian thriller The Worthy, set to debut worldwide this month on Netflix after it became the streaming service’s first acquisition in the UAE.Schneider produced with Peter Safran and Rami Yasin.

Lee and Schneider helped launch genre franchises including The Ring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Grudge.

Besides The Worthy, Image Nation’s regional genre credits encompass Djinn, Majid Al Ansari’s debut feature Rattle The Cage (Zinzana).

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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