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Poltergeist, Texas Chain Saw Massacre director Tobe Hooper dies at 74

Horror icon Tobe Hooper, best known for directing The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist, died Saturday from natural causes in Sherman Oaks, California. He was 74.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was released in 1974, and instantly became one of the most influential horror films of all time. Hooper also worked in television, directing the 1979 CBS miniseries adaptation of the Stephen King thriller Salem's Lot, which was later edited and released as a movie in Europe, and music videos, including Billy Idol's "Dancing With Myself." He is survived by one son. Catherine Garcia

Editor's note: This article originally misstated how many sons Hooper had. It has since been corrected. We regret the error.