Reknowned horror filmmaker, Tobe Hooper passed away on August 26th, 2017 at the age of 74. Hooper forever changed the cultural language of horror with his low-budget, highly controversial (and oft banned) 1974 masterpiece, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre -- a film so disturbing that it remains discomfiting to this day. The success of the film gave Hooper numerous opportunities in Hollywood, most famously in collaboration with Steven Spielberg on Poltergeist with controversy over who should properly have been credited as director of that film helping to drive its notoriety. It certainly helps that it was another masterpiece of horror as important to 80's horror sensibilities as Chainsaw was to the 70's. Hooper's subsequent career had many peaks and valleys but his best work stands out among the many horror giants of his era.
Owen Gleiberman, of Variety, posted this excellent tribute to Hooper: http://variety.com/2017/film/columns/a-tribute-to-tobe-hooper-texas-chain-saw-massacre-1202539952/
A Hooper filmography is currently on display at the SVA Library and below are some trailers for his films: