Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper dies aged 74��

Hooper was born in 1943 in Austin, Texas, where his parents owned a theatre. After studying  radio, film and television classes at the University of Texas at Austin and then drama in Dallas, he spent the Sixties working as a college professor and documentary cameraman.

His first hit, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was a low-budget work inspired by the serial killer Ed Gein and gained such notoriety that it was banned in several countries, including the UK, and was cited as a “video nasty” during a time when the authorities attempted to clamp down on ultra-violent films. Nonetheless it was a smash at the box office and has become a classic in its own right. 

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