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Horror Directors Lead Hollywood Tributes to Tobe Hooper: ‘Your Legacy Lives On’

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.”

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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.

“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.”

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