175 Great Directors: Tobe Hooper

“You’ve got to send a physical sensation through and not let them off the hook. I like to make it faster and faster and faster and pumping and banging until I get into you.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Uh…I don’t consider Poltergeist a Hooper film, so N/A.

What Did I Watch: Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Where Does He Fit: I think my inclination with horror films is for something more psychological than a madman swinging around a chainsaw, but that’s something very easy to get behind in its own way when it looks as filthy as this. Even though this is clearly the work of a miraculously talented amateur production, the visceral sounds of the slaughterhouse and quick deaths of the first four members of the group are pretty ingenious, and you have to wonder what exciting, groundbreaking things Tobe Hooper would go on to make off the basis of this work. Except, well, doesn’t appear to be that way…


Most Valuable Asset: Madness and dirt.
Most Excited For: Lifeforce?
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Probably not.

Coming Up Next: Anthony Mann, Western hack.


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