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Tobe Hooper

Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist director Tobe Hooper died of reportedly natural causes on August 26th at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. He was 74.

"To call The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a ‘slasher film' or ‘just' a horror movie is an insult at best. It is a film that stands side by side with some of the best films of its time – one every bit as powerful as Taxi Driver, Jaws, A Clockwork Orange and The Godfather. It is a true classic,” Rob Zombie wrote in a piece for Rolling Stone remembering Hooper. "Some people say that you're only as good as your last project. That's complete nonsense: Art has no timeline or expiration date. And for that reason, Tobe Hooper now resides along side the greats of cinema history.”

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