When news broke earlier today that Legendary Horror Director Tobe Hooper had passed away, it wasn’t long before our feed flooded with memories from fans and members of the Horror community. Memories that told of a kind and humble man, always willing to lend an ear, and to share his time. His catalog of works have speckled my Instagram; fans remembering fond memories of the first time they saw Poltergeist, screamed and ducked away from Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or caught Salem’s Lot late one night on TV when they should have been asleep.
Though it is true we lost a legend today, we can celebrate the life and career of a man through the memories our community shares. Here are a few thoughtful words from those that remember him fondly:
There are very few people who were as kind and supportive as Tobe Hooper. I met him at a dinner thrown by Mick Garris and was just so excited to sit at the same table as him. He was so happy I had made a horror film and that I referenced the classic TCM swing shot. He came to the premiere of Cabin Fever just to support me from that one dinner. He was truly one of my heros of cinema, an inspiration in so many ways. I will miss him deeply. He’s one of those rare people who changed not just cinema but pop culture with one film.
I just heard about the death of Tobe Hooper. This is really sad. I first met Tobe at the premiere of House of 1000 Corpses. He was very cool and gave me a great quote for the DVD package. Obviously he was a big influence on that film. After that we became friends. I still remember him in his Hawaiian shirt at our Polynesian BBQ marveling at the about of monster stuff I owned. He will be missed and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will always be one of the greatest movies ever made. #riptobehooper?
Sorry to hear Tobe Hooper passed. He did a terrific job directing the ‘SALEM’S LOT miniseries, back in the day. He will be missed.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 27, 2017
Tobe Hooper was a maverick a rebel and gentle, kind soul. An unlikely combination and a great loss. He changed genre films forever.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) August 27, 2017
RIP Tobe Hooper. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the best and scariest horror movie of all time. pic.twitter.com/UHIqsQRGU0
— Barbara Crampton (@barbaracrampton) August 27, 2017
The chainsaw is now quiet, but it will forever be heard.
RIP Tobe Hooper.
— Clive Barker (@RealCliveBarker) August 27, 2017
Tobe Hooper, architect of the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ is dead
TCM was SO impactful. Safe travels, Tobe. https://t.co/NRgVBjM1QG
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) August 27, 2017
Tobe Hooper, a kind, warm-hearted man
Who made the most terrifying film ever.
A good friend I will never forget
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) August 27, 2017
Tobe Hooper directed THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, a seminal work in horror cinema. He was a kind, decent man and my friend. A sad day.
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) August 27, 2017
Because it was a TV movie, this doesn’t get heralded enough. But Tobe Hooper’s ‘Salem Lot’ was unforgettably scary. https://t.co/I2WXc3Pm0d
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 27, 2017
Sad to hear the passing of Tobe Hooper. One of the nicest people. A sweet, gentle soul of a man. Your legacy lives on. #RIP
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) August 27, 2017
RIP horror legend TOBE HOOPER. He’s crossed over to The Other Side. pic.twitter.com/R1fqSbjq45
— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) August 27, 2017
So sad to say goodbye to TOBE Hooper, the man who took a chance on me and gave me my career in film’s greatest genre.
— Bill Moseley (@choptopmoseley) August 27, 2017
If you had the opportunity to meet or know Tobe Hooper, share your memories with us in the comments below.