Tobe Hooper, ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Director Dead at Age 74

It’s always hard to deal with the loss of true genius. First, we lost George A. Romero, who passed a little over a month ago. This past Saturday, August 26th, we lost yet another icon in the horror genre, Tobe Hooper.

I have taken a little while to allow the gravity of the situation sink in. Nothing I can write will do justice to the memory of the man who most notably gave us The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a film widely recognized to have changed the face of an entire genre, and a personal favorite.

What do you give the man who gave so much of his creative life to us? A warm farewell and a heartfelt ‘Leatherface Shimmy.’


Hooper directed other gems such as Poltergeist as well as the lesser-famous Lifeforce (HIGHLY recommended), Invaders from Mars and The Funhouse.

Tobe Hooper was 74 years old.