Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, IncDirector Tobe Hooper, who revolutionized horror movies with his low-budget 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, died on Saturday at 74. One of the many people paying tribute to the horror icon is Rob Zombie, who wrote an essay for Rolling Stone detailing his love for Hooper’s work, especially The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
“Game changers arrive on the scene without warning,” Zombie writes of the film. “And in the early ’70s, this movie exploded on screen.”
“Before this film, who the hell was even thinking about chainsaws as anything but a power tool for Lumberjacks?” he adds. “Now you can only think of one thing when you hear the word ‘chainsaw.’ Pure terror. It altered the culture.”
Zombie says that he resents those who refer to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as a “slasher film” or “just a horror movie.”
“It is a film that stands side by side with some of the best films of it’s time — one every bit as powerful as Taxi Driver, Jaws, A Clockwork Orange and The Godfather,” he says. “It is a true classic.”
In addition to his music career, Zombie has directed seven films, the most recent of which was 2016’s 31.
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