Hollywood lost a horror icon this weekend when “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “Poltergeist” director Tobe Hooper died in Sherman Oaks, Calif. on Saturday. He was 74.
Filmmakers and other celebrities were quick to pay tribute to the late director on social media.
Hooper’s fellow horror helmers including William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”), James Wan (“The Conjuring, “Saw”), Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”), John Carpenter (“Halloween,” “The Thing”) and Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”) honored their peer on Twitter.
“A kind, warm-hearted man who made the most terrifying film ever,” noted Friedkin. “A good friend I will never forget.”
Wan wrote, “Sad to hear the passing of Tobe Hooper. One of the nicest people. A sweet, gentle soul of a man. Your legacy lives on.”
See more reactions below:
Tobe Hooper directed THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, a seminal work in horror cinema. He was a kind, decent man and my friend. A sad day.
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) August 27, 2017
Tobe Hooper, a kind, warm-hearted man
Who made the most terrifying film ever.
A good friend I will never forget
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) August 27, 2017
Sorry to hear Tobe Hooper passed. He did a terrific job directing the 'SALEM'S LOT miniseries, back in the day. He will be missed.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 27, 2017
Very few people were as generous, kind and encouraging as Tobe Hooper. I will miss him deeply and feel lucky for the time I had with him. pic.twitter.com/8dOGHGvdK4
— Eli Roth (@eliroth) August 27, 2017
Goodbye Tobe Hooper, the king of transgressive horror. pic.twitter.com/JtkwqntxUs
— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) August 27, 2017
RIP horror legend TOBE HOOPER. He's crossed over to The Other Side. pic.twitter.com/R1fqSbjq45
— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) August 27, 2017
Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Baby Driver”) and Kevin Smith (“Red State,” “Tusk”), as well as actors including Elijah Wood, Kumail Nanjiani, and Jay Baruchel also shared memories of the movie-maker on social media.
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“Very sad to hear of the passing of Tobe Hooper, another master of horror,” Wright penned. “He conjured some truly shattering, unforgettable moments in film.”
Very sad to hear of the passing of Tobe Hooper, another master of horror. He conjured some truly shattering, unforgettable moments in film. pic.twitter.com/6Kxw0gURzF
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 27, 2017
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 27, 2017
Aww, man. Another legend has passed. So long, Tobe Hooper.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) August 27, 2017
RIP Tobe Hooper.
— repurposed pagan harvest festival Baruchel 🇨🇦 (@BaruchelNDG) August 27, 2017