Fan of Underrated Tobe Hooper

RECEIVED Mon., March 1, 2010

Dear Editor,
    Thanks for the article “'The Last Supper'” [Screens, Feb. 26] regarding the new book Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas. It was very nice to be sitting and enjoying my lunch and open up the Chronicle to a story about one of my heroes, Tobe Hooper. In my opinion, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will always be one of the top reasons to be proud of being from/around/in Austin. It is a work of art that is psychedelic, groundbreaking, and absolutely bursting with raw genius and creativity. Everything about the film, from the colors to the unbelievable music (also created by Hooper and Wayne Bell) to the wonderful sun-baked Texan hippie cast, make for one of the greatest film experiences of all time. I'll also get a little bit negative and say that I think Hooper is one of the most overlooked and screwed-over filmmakers of the last 40 years. I never really realized how bad until I read a book called The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Companion. It's a thoroughly exhaustive breakdown of pretty much his entire career. It talks a lot about the tail-end of the Sixties and the Seventies in Austin and is an amazing read. It's written by British noise musician Stefan Jaworzyn. Check it out. Maybe one day, my dream Chronicle issue will come out with an interview with Hooper and a photo of him drinking a Dublin Dr Pepper on the cover!
Blake Carlisle
End of an Ear Records
   Editor's note: For more on Hooper and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, see "The Buzz Heard 'Round the World," Screens, Oct. 30, 1998; "Unrelentingly Hostile: Editor's Cut," Screens, Oct. 17, 2003; and "Tobe Hooper Remembers 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,'" Screens, Oct. 27, 2000.]
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