Master of Horror

Written by Mary Blevins on .

Tobe Hooper was one of the most influential horror directors of the 20th century.

Many in and out of the industry widely considered his 1974 directed film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, to be regarded as one of the most notable and most incredible horror films ever made, and that horror film has had a massive influence on the genre over the decades and influence on the 1980s slasher era.

Hooper began his film industry career as a sound editor and assistant director on low-budget exploitation films. Hooper’s other films include 1974’s Eaten Alive and 1982’s Poltergeist. He also directed several episodes of the X-File, Stephen Kings Salem’s Lot, The Equalizer, and Masters of Horror.

Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, in 1943. He began his career making commercials and industrial films before moving into directing features. His first feature film was1972’s Eggshells, a low-budget psychodrama about a mother who slowly goes insane. Hooper followed this up with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which became an instant cult classic. The film, however, would be banned in several countries and caused controversy for its graphic violence.

Chainsaw Massacre

Despite the controversy, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was a huge success, and Hooper quickly became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after horror directors. He followed up the film with 1974’s Eaten Alive, a cannibalism-themed horror movie starring Marilyn Burns and Allan Arkush.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a 1974 American horror film directed by Tobe Hooper, and the film leading actors were as follows: 

Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, and Gunnar Hansen. Tobe Hooper’s Chainsaw Massacre is considered one of the most influential horror movies.

The classic horror film follows a group of friends who grotesquely fall victim to a family of vicious cannibals while on a road trip through Texas. The film was marketed based on a true story to attract viewers, though the events it depicts are mainly fictional.


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was released to many mixed reviews but was a huge commercial success, grossing over $30 million at the box office. The horror film has since become one of the most influential horror films of all time and has been ranked by several critics in the genre as one of the greatest horror films ever made. 


Poster Features: Leather face Jedidiah Sawyer wielding a chainsaw.

In the year 2005, the Library of Congress selected the film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The film spawned a franchise of seven sequels and a remake.

The franchise includes the following: 

Leatherface, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Texas Chainsaw 4: And also, the following: 

The Next Generation, The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Leatherface.

They’re Here!

Hooper then directed the classic supernatural thriller Poltergeist, produced by Steven Spielberg.

A poltergeist is a ghost or other supernatural entity responsible for physical disturbances, such as noise, movement of objects, and sometimes even attacks on people. The word “poltergeist” originates from the German words “poltern” (to knock) and “Geist” (ghost or spirit).

Poltergeists are often associated with a particular person, usually a teenage girl or young woman. It is thought that the Poltergeist is using the person as a focus for its energy or that the person may be subconsciously causing the disturbances. In either case, the poltergeist activity stops when the person leaves the area.

Over time there have been many reports of poltergeist activity, but it is challenging to investigate these claims scientifically. Some scientists believe poltergeist activity may be caused by psychological factors, such as stress or repressed anger. Others believe that poltergeists are real but that they are very rare.

On August 26th, 2017, film director Tobe Hooper passed away at 74. While his career spanned over four decades, Hooper will always be remembered as a master of horror.

Hooper’s death shocked the film world, as he was still an active director at the time of his passing. His most recent project was the 2017 sequel “Leatherface,” which was a return to the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise that Hooper helped create.

Tobe Hooper created and directed some of the most iconic films in the genre. His movies are still hugely influential, and his legacy will continue to be felt and heard for many decades. 

Mr. Hooper will be remembered for his visionary work and ability to scare audiences like no one else.

“No matter where you’re going, it’s the wrong place.” 

Tobe Hooper

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