Tobe Hooper Dead

Tobe Hooper, director of one of the most revered horror films of all time, has passed away at 74.

Best known for directing The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1974, Tobe Hooper would go on to become a respected and influential horror filmmaker who also dabbled with directing episodes of hit TV shows as well. Below, we remember the career of Tobe Hooper. Read More »

Steven Spielberg Poltergeist

Since 1982, claims that Poltergeist writer/producer Steven Spielberg actually directed the film instead of credited director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) have been making the rounds in film magazines and, later, on the internet. It seems like every few years the controversy pops up again with a new comment or piece of evidence supporting one theory or another, and now a new source has surfaced that claims there’s “no question” that the urban legend is true and that Spielberg was the real director of Poltergeist.
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Space Vampires + Nudity – Coherent Plot = How Did This Get Made?!?!

Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. But the truth is, it happens all the time. And every time it does, there’s a fun misadventure or cautionary tale that led to its creation. This is that story for the 1985 summer shlock buster Lifeforce.

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Texas Chain Saw Massacre restoration

I’m with Nicolas Winding Refn on the subject of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre —  it is among the very best horror films, and a unique film achievement regardless of genre. There’s simply nothing else like it, sequels, remakes and imitators be damned. If you’ve never seen the film on the big screen, it’s an experience that can’t be recommended highly enough. This summer you might have a chance to catch it in cinemas, thanks to a new re-release. Check out a trailer for the Texas Chain Saw Massacre restoration below, and prepare yourself. Read More »

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Nicolas Winding Refn, director of films such as Drive and Valhalla Rising, is a big horror fan. In fact, to hear him tell it, a horror film is responsible for his desire to make movies in the first place. At Cannes this year, Refn introduced a screening of the 4k restoration of Tobe Hooper‘s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as part of the the Directors’ Fortnight program.

Refn’s long intro to the movie is an enthusiastic expression of love for the film, and has plenty of humor. After Tobe Hooper is introduced he mentions “my dear friend Nicolas,” to which Refn quips “we just met.” But Refn’s estimation that The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a masterpiece is spot-on, however. There’s no other horror film like it. Watch the intro below. Read More »

Although he made his name in the late ’70s and early ’80s with horror classics like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem’s Lot, and (at least officially) Poltergeist, director Tobe Hooper‘s been laying low as of late. His last credits, two episodes of the Showtime series Masters of Horror, and the 2005 film Mortuary, are from several years back, and the films he did before that (including Toolbox Murders and The Mangler) were neither as well known nor as highly respected as his early work.

Happily for horror fans, he’s back this year with a new film called Djinn, described as “unique new take on the haunted house thriller uncovers the dark truth behind classic fairytales of the Genie.” And in even better news, the first trailer for the film actually looks pretty good, aside from the fact that some of the scenes could use subtitles for English speakers. Watch it after the jump.

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Tobe Hooper to Direct ‘Djinn’

Tobe Hooper will forever be linked to two of the most memorable horror films ever made: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist. (Questions of direction of the latter film aside, that is.) His more recent stuff hasn’t been quite up to that level of recognizance, and in fact it has been over five years since he directed any feature or TV work. But he also hasn’t worn out his welcome so we’re hopeful that his new venture will pack a punch.

Tobe Hooper is now set to direct Djinn, a horror film that will take place in and be shot on location in Abu Dhabi. Read More »

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As it stands, this is a rumor at best and, more accurately, an informed online endorsement that could easily pick up steam amongst horror fans and online. Either way, it’s the weekend and the thought of Tobe Hooper, creator of Leatherface and director of 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and its huggable ’86 sequel, once again revving up the genre’s best ‘saw hadn’t crossed my mind. It should have. According to Shock’s Ryan Rotten, while attending a party for Saw IV, he saw Hooper hanging with TCM2‘s Bill Moseley and, more importantly, the team at Twisted Pictures. Dots connected, and Rotten has fully thrown his support behind Hooper’s possible involvement.

I know, oohlala. But as we reported (and as Russ understandably bemoaned), Twisted Pictures purchased the franchise’s rights from the metallic douches at Platinum Dunes. Twisted’s first installment, vaguely said to be a contemporary take and possibly a true third sequel ignoring Dunesentriesis already in development, with a screenplay by Stephen Susco (The Grudge). Moreover, it seems that Hooper’s new management, Evolution, shares L.A. offices with Twisted, and also reps Susco. So, why would Hooper directing be a good idea for the franchise, and business-wise, is it a smart one, since Hooper hasn’t directed a hit flick in a long time? We chime in after the jump. Let us know what you think…
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Eli Roth In Talks To Remake The Funhouse

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Eli Roth is one of those writer/directors from the Quentin Tarantino school of talking about projects and ideas in development, many of which might never come to fruition (not a bad thing, it keeps us working). Recently Roth has been talking up his Transformers-sized sci-fi epic Endangered Species and Thanksgiving (based on the faux Grindhouse trailer) which he plans to shoot back to back. But now Roth tells Fangoria that he is also in talks to produce (possibly direct?) a remake of the classic 1981 Tobe Hooper horror film The Funhouse.

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The gory image above is our first clear look at Laurie Strode, once again played by actress Scout Taylor-Compton, in H2: Halloween 2. Nice chipped teeth, eh? As you’ll recall, Strode is the (formerly) estranged sister of slasher Michael Myers, and according to horror visionaire Rob Zombie, “let’s just say this is the best part of her stay [at the hospital]. The worst is yet to come.” It will be interesting to see how Zombie’s sequel deviates from the original underrated 1981 follow-up, which was co-written and ghost-edited by The Shape’s creator, John Carpenter, and also set partially in a hospital to creepy effect. On his blog, Zombie has ended speculation about actor Malcolm McDowell reprising the pivotal character, Dr. Loomis, confirming that “he’s back and ready to deal with Big Mike.”As we’ve mentioned, H2 is due with the quickness this August and is now shooting in the state of Georgia.

After the jump: Hunter’s lengthy rant on the complete disappoinment and failure that was Marcus Nispel’s Friday the 13th, and Platinum Dunes’ annoying reign over horror icons vs. Rob Zombie’s polarizing Halloween and interpretation of Michael Myers. No friggin’ contest!

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