The Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center
"...Few and rare are the filmmakers that change the canon with their debut. Yet Tobe Hooper, who died Saturday at the age of 74, left an indelible bloody thumbprint on cinema with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: not just for horror, but for independent moviemaking as a whole...."
"...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..."
"...Dateline: Austin, Texas, 1968 (back before this town would become a filmmaking capital and years before Tobe Hooper would would break through with his 1974 landmark, filmed-around-Austin, horror epic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). First came Eggshells, which Hooper made in 1968...."
"...Directed by: Tobe Hooper. Starring: Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Daniel Matmor, Jeremy Crutchley and Demetre Phillips..."
"...The great horror filmmaker Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, released in 1974, is generally acknowledged as one of the most important and influential horror films, which is a way of thinking about it critically. In terms of a visceral response, it is an ever more intensely terrifying film that evokes fear from deep inside the viewer – though, interestingly, there is very little actual gore in the movie..."
"...Tobe Hooper's first film, Eggshells, released a half decade before The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has long been considered a lost film, with there being little hope that a print would surface. The film has attracted attention because it is Tobe Hooper's first film, as well as that of his co-writer, Kim Henkel, and because, by all accounts, it is very much a slice of life and rare record of Austin circa 1968..."
"...Mick Garris' 1990 offering Psycho IV: The Beginning (which had the added benefit of being scripted by original Psycho scribe Joseph Stefano, who sadly passed beyond the outer limits last month), was a lackluster affair, and in recent memory only Wes Craven's child-killing dream-reaper Freddy Krueger had a backstory with enough sordid squeals to lodge any more firmly in the mind's eye than an errant eyelash. So this prequel to Tobe Hooper's 1974 shocker arrives handicapped by both the odds and the lingering, flyblown stench of Hooper's manic, crazed forerunner..."
"...Since 1982, film nerds have debated whether the credited Tobe Hooper had indeed directed the horror hit Poltergeist or whether producer Steven Spielberg took the helm. After all, it was the latter who came up with the story of yet another suburban family at odds with a spectacular invasion, storyboarded the whole thing, and reportedly spent most days on set despite being under contract to Universal to exclusively direct E.T..."
"...New passion for novel-writing aside, Tobe Hooper hasn't forsaken filmmaking. He's currently in postproduction for a film about an Emirati couple who discover their new apartment has been built on an ancient burial site, which is home to malevolent spirits...."
"...Starring: Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger and Natasha Henstridge. From the unlikely team of producer Frank Mancuso, Jr., one of the key players in the long-running Friday the 13th slasher franchise, and director Roger Donaldson, the man behind the recent remake of The Getaway, comes this gory creature feature that, despite a very promising first 15 minutes, proves to be nothing more than another tired rip-off of Alien, with a touch of Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce thrown in for good measure..."
"...Although the incest angle is a neat one, it's about the only original idea in the show: from the creature FX to the stilted dialogue, Sleepwalkers offers nothing new for horror fans to sink their collective fangs into. In fact, the most entertaining thing we're presented with is a boffo cameo scene featuring Big Steve himself alongside genre luminaries Clive Barker, Tobe Hooper, Joe Dante, and John Landis..."
"...Although Chabrol and co-writer Odile Barski have wisely taken as their source material a novel by Patricia Highsmith (who also wrote the novel upon which Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train was based), the movie itself never seems to work up the steam needed to engage the audience; it just sits there, looking dreary and all too nouvelle Francaise to elicit much of anything other than stifled yawns and the occasional raised eyebrow. Malavoy is Robert Forestier, a divorcé who gets his kicks by spying on his neighbor Juliette Voland (Mathilda May, perhaps best known in America as the soul-sucking space bimbo in Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce)..."
"...Does a director's cut always make a movie better? When it comes to Tobe Hooper's forgotten 1985 sci-fi/horror oddity Lifeforce, the answer is a profound and definitive "maybe."..."
"...If it hadn't been for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, there'd be no Texas film industry. On Monday, as SXSW 2014 powers into its second week, the roar of the saw will be heard in a new restoration, and director Tobe Hooper will be there to hear the flesh rend...."
"...The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is an Austin film. Director/co-writer/co-producer Tobe Hooper, co-producer/co-writer Kim Henkel, Leatherface actor Gunnar Hansen – all were UT grads..."
"...In the 24 years since its initial release, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has achieved legendary status in the Pantheon of the Intense. Directed and co-written by Tobe Hooper, the low-budget film was shot in and around the Austin area..."
"...D: Tobe Hooper (1974) w/Gunnar Hansen, Ed Neal, Marilyn Burns..."
"...The scene features the elderly grandfather character played by John Dugan, [screenwriter Kim] Henkel's eighteen-year-old brother-in-law. As the day began, [director Tobe] Hooper, [cinematographer Daniel] Pearl, and the others busied themselves shooting other, shorter scenes while waiting for Dugan's makeup to be finished, a grueling process overseen by Dr..."
"...Few other film genres are as equipped to deal with the unspoken, sometimes unacknowledged, yet ever-evolving concerns and fears of the modern world, related to but not specifically referencing current events, politics, history, social and cultural problems. With a tip of the hat to the Forties horror films of Val Lewton -- as well as to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho -- George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), John Carpenter's Halloween (1978), and Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) helped bring film into modern times, using style, cutting, and camera movement to create worlds in which the monsters looked just like us, and terror came not from the lab but from family and each other..."