Influential horror filmmaker Tobe Hooper passed away yesterday at the age of 74. The cause of death is currently unknown.
He is best known for crafting one of the most effective genre films of all time with 1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He’s also credited as the director of Poltergeist, although there is debate as to how involved Steven Spielberg was with the production.
Hooper’s other films include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Salem’s Lot, Lifeforce, The Funhouse, Toolbox Murders, The Mangler, Invaders from Mars, Eaten Alive, and a segment in Body Bags, among others.
A fun fact you may not have known about Hooper: he directed the music video for Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” music video.
I’d been stuck in one gender my whole life. It never bothered me. Now I wondered how that would feel for Alex. The only analogy I could come up with wasn’t a very good one. My second grade teacher, Miss Mengler (aka Miss Mangler), had forced me to write with my right hand even though I was left-handed. She’d actually taped my left hand to the desk. My mom had exploded when she found out, but I still remember the panicky feeling of being restrained, forced to write in such an unnatural way because Miss Mengler had insisted, “This is the normal way, Magnus. Stop complaining. You’ll get used to it.”
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor, Rick Riordan
As you my know, regular nouns in Norwegian are conjugated following a pattern (indefinite singular - definite singular - indefinite plural - definite plural), based on their grammatical gender, like this: en hund- hunden - hunder - hundene (dog) ei jente - jenta - jenter - jentene (girl) et menneske - mennesket - mennesker - menneskene (human)
There are, of course, exceptions. The conjugation patterns of irregular nouns can generally be grouped into four:
1. Nouns that have a change in vowels in the plural:
3. Nouns ending with [vowel + m] in indefinite singular are usually irregular and often behave in the same pattern: an extra m is added, before the regular noun endings:
en drøm - drømmen - drømmer - drømmene (dream) en klem - klemmen - klemmer - klemmene (hug) en sykdom - sykdommen - sykdommer - sykdommene (illness) en søm - sømmen - sømmer - sømmene (seam)
4. Nouns with contractions in the plural:
Some nouns ending in [-el/-er] The last e in the indefinite singular [-el/-er] is removed and the regular noun endings are added:
en engel - engelen - engler - englene (angel) en mangel - mangelen - mangler - manglene (lack) en regel - regelen - regler - reglene (rule) en sjanger - sjangeren - sjangre - sjangrene (genre) en forelder - forelderen - foreldre - foreldrene (parent)
Nouns ending in [double consonant + -el] One consonant from the double consonant cluster, and the e following it, are removed. The regular noun endings are then added.
en artikkel - artikkelen - artikler - artiklene (article) en sykkel - sykkelen - sykler - syklene (bicycle) en gaffel - gaffelen - gafler - gaflene (fork) en tittel - tittelen - titler - titlene (title) en tommel - tommelen - tomler - tomlene (thumb)
The list of nouns given here is not exhaustive and there are of course more exceptions. If there are any mistakes, please don’t hesitate to tell me. Feel free to ask me questions if anything remains unclear! <3
He is best known for his role as Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs. His other genre credits include Shutter Island, The Hills Have Eyes (2006), The Mangler, Joy Ride, Dig Two Graves, and the upcoming Jurassic World sequel.
In your opinion what films do you consider to be the modern day video nasties.....?
Ah, now this is a great question. I still plan on touching upon the areas of extreme cinema that I haven’t yet covered, but I feel like this narrows it down even further to those which would certainly be the modern equivalent of yesteryear’s “Video Nasties”.
I want to say that “modern” would equate to after the
Video Recordings Act
of 2001, but I may sneak in a couple from the mid to late 90′s just for the hell of it (note: I won’t be adding any films that were previously covered here under New French Extremity, Tokyo Gore Style (which is really too comedic for consideration anyway), CAT III horror, or avante-garde/surreal/experimental/short format, as the list would become far too long). I will, however, be including a couple of choice films from the list of shot-on-video horror. Some films will be grouped together by director, as some directors push the envelope with most of their work.
In no particular order:
A Serbian Film (2010)
August Underground (2001), August Underground’s Mordum (2003), and August Underground’s Penance (2007)
Green Elephant (1999)
Funny Games (1997)
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011)
Cannibal (2006), Meloncholie der Engel (2009), and
Reise nach Agatis
Slaughtered Vomit Dolls (2006),
ReGOREgitated Sacrifice (2008), Slow Torture Puke Chamber (2010), and Black Mass of the Nazi Sex Wizard (2015)
The Burning Moon (1992), Premutos - Der gefallene Engel (1997), and Dard Divorce (2007)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Schizophreniac: The Whore Mangler (1997)
The Necro Files (1997)
The Bunny Game (2010)
Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America
Snuff 102 (2007)
Burglar from Hell (1993)
Red Spirit Lake (1993)
Violent Shit III: Infantry of Doom (1999)
Urban Flesh (1999)
Lastly, I don’t think they can be considered “movies” as much as video mixtapes, but I think I’d be remiss not to mention
Most Disturbed Person On Planet Earth (aka MDPOPE: The Movie), and its sequel.
I feel as though this should be a lot longer, but there are honestly several notebook pages filled with potential entries that I haven’t even researched yet, plus many more from earlier decades that could have easily fit the bill as well (not to mention non-horror films based around disturbing subject matter), so there’s still quite a bit of soil for me to till in the realm of extreme cinema.