Tobe Hooper, Texas Chainsaw Massacre director, dies

William Tobe Hooper, an American film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre series and Poltergeist, has passed died in California. He was 74-years-old. 

According to media sources, the cause of death is not yet known.

After The Texas Chainsaw Massacre came out in 1974, drivers no longer picked up hitchhikers and or looked at a tree-cutting tool the same way again. The movie about a group of hippies, a rusted van and a killer named Leatherface was so scary it became a cult classic in the horror genre. 

Hooper was born in Austin, Texas and spent the 1960s as a college professor and documentary cameraman.