Director Ridley Scott has stated that his work on "Alien" was influenced by Hooper's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" more than any other B-level genre product. Inspired by the serial killer Ed Gein, it told the story of a group of young people who run afoul of a family of cannibals.
The 1982 "Poltergeist", written and produced by Steven Spielberg, also became a classic of the genre.
Hooper stayed busy throughout his career with several more directing projects including a pair of episodes of the Showtime series "Masters of Horror".
He outlived two wives and is survived by two children.
Before he directed the film that he would be forever known for, Hooper shot documentaries and his 1965 documentary short The Heisters almost earned an Academy Award nomination, having been invited to be submitted.
Hooper was born in Austin, Texas in 1943.
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After the success of the first Chain Saw, Tobe Hooper and co-writer Kim Henkel were approached to do a handful of sequels.
Hooper worked in TV often, the highlight being his direction of Stephen King's "Salem's Lot" (1979), a Gothic vampire tale that was released as a feature film outside the U.S. Thankfully for fans, Hooper's incredible legacy will be celebrated with Leatherface in a couple months, which is sure to be accompanied with some sort of tribute at the end of the film.
As the news of Hooper's death began to spread, many took to social media to pay tribute to the director. "He was a kind, decent man and my friend".
Another director, Edgar Wright, tweeted, "He conjured some truly shattering, unforgettable moments in film".
Hooper's supernatural thriller film "Djinn" premiered at the 2013 Abu Dhabi Film Festival. So long, Tobe Hooper", while Michael Mendez said, "Very sad to hear of the passing of another legend.