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Tobe Hooper

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:15 pm

Deeply saddened to learn of Tobe Hooper’s passing.
As director/co-writer of the inestimably influential, no-budget independent film “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
(1974, inspired by infamous serial killer/schizophrenic Ed Gein), popular telly mini-series “Salem’s Lot” (1979)
and the enormously profitable “Poltergeist” (1982), most mainstream obits announcing Tobe’s departure have
been predictably truncated. But his c.v. is far more impressive even if not all his films were first rate. In the mid ’80’s Cannon producers Golan/Globus wisely agreed to fund Hooper a 3 picture deal which resulted in what are arguably his 2 best movies: “Lifeforce” (1985, based on Colin Wilson’s novel ‘Space Vampires’) and the classic, far more violent comedy sequel to his brutal original, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre II” (1986, which remarkably didn’t have a script yet). Shot in the UK, “Lifeforce” was released as an All Regions blu-ray with commentaries in 2013. And my favorite, “Texas Chainsaw II” was re-released (‘Gruesome Edition’ DVD) with hilarious commentaries &
featurettes in 2006. Easily recognized by his trademark cigar and Dr. Pepper, everyone that worked with Tobe described him as a brilliant director with a great sense of humour. As the endlessly moaning, cantankerous
schizoid cook in Chainsaw II, brilliant actor Jim Siedow reminds us, “The saw is family!!”
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