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.
Rest in piece to another master of horror.