“Before Halloween…. Before Friday The 13th…. Before Scream…. There Was The Saw.”
Modern horror has just lost one of its chief architects…
With The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Mr. Hooper scared the pants off of America with documentarian-like realism and a unbearable dread unknown to the genre before it. Hooper set a new standard for fright films and popularized the “masked slasher” villain that would forever be associated with the genre. Few filmmakers can claim to have changed cinema, but Hooper was surely among those elite few.
Beyond that masterpiece, Mr. Hooper has given us some of the best and most unusual scare-fare in all of horror. His credits include Poltergeist, The Funhouse (my personal favorite), Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and Eaten Alive. For television, Hooper gave us the origin of Freddy Krueger in an episode of Freddy’s Nightmares. He even directed the post-apocalyptic music video of Dancing With Myself for Billy Idol.
Tobe Hooper was a true master of horror and he will be missed by all lovers of the macabre.
The Saw is Forever.