Tobe Hooper, director of horror classics such as “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Poltergeist,” died Saturday in Southern Califonria. He was 74.
“Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” releasted in 1974, tells the story of a group of friends who encounter a band of cannibals on a road trip. Variety notes the independent film, shot for less than $300,000, became one of the most profitable and influential horror films of the 1970s.
Hooper also directed a sequel, then directed “Poltergeist,” written and produced by Steven Spielberg. Also considered a horror classic, the 1982 film starring Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams tells the story of a family coping with a haunted suburban home and includes the famous line, “They’re here.”
Hooper also directed “Invaders from Mars,” “Lifeforce,” and the first TV adaptation of Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot.”