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Discussion in 'General' started by satans-sadists, Aug 27, 2017.
Wow, yet another loss this year. I wonder what he died of?
I remember the recent news where his girlfriend assaulted him... (or whatever it was exactly)
Aw, man... The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the most important horror films ever, and even if he never surpassed or matched that effort, he still made valuable contributions to the genre with Eaten Alive, Salem's Lot, The Funhouse, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Rest in peace, Tobe, and thanks.
CHAINSAW is iconic, THE FUNHOUSE is dripping with atmosphere and LIFEFORCE is a demented masterpiece. We all know the POLTERGEIST controversy (which resurfaced on the site recently) but no matter what his position on it, the film is a classic. Nearly 40 years later I still think his SALEMS LOT has some of the creepiest scenes ever shot for the small screen. Sad news. Rest In Peace.
Man oh man, there's a sea change occurring in horror, where past greats are passing with frequency. Will be difficult for the next generation to top Hooper's greatest contribution to the genre. What an effort The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is. RIP.
I was lucky to have met him as a surprise guest replacement for George Romero at the first Motorcity Nightmares convention. RIP Tobe.
Man sad news, he gave us gold, I will never forget the first time I watched TCM and the wait for part 2 as it got banned in the UK, the sheer joy and excitement of finally getting it my grubby little hands. RIP.
A total gut punch. TCM was my gateway drug into horror films. In my eyes, it's the apex. Ugh........
Oh come on. Terrible news. May he rest in peace.
Just based on interviews, he seemed like just such a COOL guy, never lost that charm. RIP, sir
Nothing short of a legend. RIP.
Like the rest of you, this is devastating news. While perhaps not as prolific, his early output was fucking phenomenal.
I can only guess it was cancer or his heart. I mean, 70s filmmmakers tended to smoke, drink, and do mountains of coke back in the day so I'm surprised that any of them made it to the 21st century.
Terrible news indeed. I'm really starting to feel old. So many of these great director's whose films I grew up watching are passing away. Craven, Romero, and Hooper all in the last two years. RIP and thanks for all the scares.
I hear you. I cannot think of anybody who has been able to carry the torch for the horror genre in the past few decades.
For a short while Guillermo del Toro looked like he would be the man to add another couple decades to the life expectancy of the greats list, but IMO he's failed to sustain the momentum. Lucky McKee showed promise of being a fresh voice, something other than the vogue of derivative torture porn peddlers, but now appears to have just been a flash in the pan. Rob Zombie at least has enthusiasm, sadly talent didn't tag along. Neil Marshall hasn't done squat in the genre for too long to matter anymore, despite a pair of gems in the previous decade. Eli Roth is more an example of the problem with modern horror than a carrier of the torch.
Instead, the remaining greats (and near greats) are statistically soon to follow the ones we recently lost. John Carpenter - 69, David Cronenberg - 74, Roman Polański - 84, Dario Argento - 76, Stuart Gordon - 70, Brian Yuzna - 67, John Landis - 67. Surely missed a few - but not many, because they're already gone.
Nature abhors a vacuum, someone will surely fill the void. But I can't name anyone in the past decade who has made an early showing anywhere close to what most of the above showed at a similar point in the early careers, or shows any promise to make repeated achievements to come in the field. At this point, I'm essentially expecting some unknown to take the stage, because I don't think the current lineup of usual suspects can make the grade.
Added nod to Sam Raimi, but he's mostly gone the producer route for horror rather than being in the director's chair, as well as essentially pursuing other directions. And at 57, he's trotting a bit close to the grim reaper, too.
Very sad news. RIP
I think James Wan, Fede Alvarez, David Sandberg and yes...even Eli Roth have the potential to provide entertaining horror films for years to come.
And thanks for making one of the best horror movies ever made.
RIP Tobe Hooper. The first time I saw The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was on a hot summer afternoon in our basement watching the Astral Canadian VHS release which I had rented with a slew of other horror movies via Silver Screen Video's 7 movies for 7 days for 7 bucks some 18 or 19 years ago. That release had a transfer that was fuzzy, dark, muddy, and incomprehensible to see exactly what was happening on screen but despite the tape being somewhat unwatchable that didn't stop the... onslaught of horror the film delivered as even just the audio alone (that flash bulb screech!) in that film can shock you into a state of pure fear and anxiety, and that's exactly the state I was in for the entire 83 minutes as I gripped the armrests of the chair I was sitting in. Seeing the film again and again on DVD, Blu-ray, and on 35mm twice, once with Tobe Hooper in attendance, I could finally visually appreciate the film after that first washed-out viewing how truly TCM is one of the rare perfect horror masterpieces in the annals of film history. Considering they were shooting for a PG-rated film originally it's amazing how it actually ended up, and the final impact that film has has not lost any of its visceral terror no matter how many times you watch it. And Hooper's satirical follow-up TCM2 is just as insane in a wholly different manner. And Poltergeist, co-directed by Spielberg, is another classic that had a huge impact on me and continues to be a favourite. I had the pleasure of meeting Tobe almost exactly 9 years ago to this day and he was genuine and truly interested in talking to his fans.