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Honoring Hooper – The Horror Community Pays Tribute to the Great Tobe Hooper

When I was 10 years old I cut out pictures from Fangoria magazine and hung them on my wall. I was especially excited for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 and reread the articles numerous times. I absolutely loved the first one so I knew the sequel would be great. The first time I saw the trailer on TV I for goosebumps… then came the end. No one under 17 admitted. I was heartbroken. I assumed that I’d have to wait 7 years to see it.

Then one day it was there in the video store. My Uncle Mike rented it and I basked in its glory. To this day TCM2 is my favorite movie of all time. The ingredients all work for me. The gore, the humor, the scares, the perversion, all perfect. With that being said, the original TCM is still what I consider the greatest horror film of all time. My favorite vampire movie is Salem’s Lot. My favorite paranormal movie is Poltergeist. What do these all have in common? Tobe Hooper.

He was an absolute genius and has provided me so much entertainment and escape when I needed it.

My daughter is in town visiting me. Saturday night I let her pick out the movie we watched. She chose TCM2. I am very happy that Tobe’s films stand the test of time and will be a part of my family’s entertainment forever. I’ve been lucky enough to have built friendships with people based on those movies.

About a half an hour after the movie ended I heard Tobe Hopper passed away. He left an undeniable mark on film and on me. I am thankful for what he shared with us. We are lucky to have had him in this world.

– Joe Knetter


Written by Steve Barton

You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

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