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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre$
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James Rose

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733643

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733643.001.0001

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Tobe Hooper and the Making of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Tobe Hooper and the Making of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

(p.7) Tobe Hooper and the Making of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
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James Rose

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides a biographical sketch of film director Tobe Hooper. What emerges from the various biographies written on Hooper is the idea that the young Hooper was a film obsessive, watching as much cinema as he possibly could and, by doing so, become familiar with the language of film to the extent that he could replicate the narratives he had watched. Hooper himself has suggested that he made his first film at the age of five using the family's Super 8 camera. The chapter then looks at his debut feature film, Eggshells (1971). As a first feature film, Eggshells offers an entry point into Hooper's dynamic as a film director. Finally, the chapter details the development, production, and financial problems of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).

Keywords:   film director, Tobe Hooper, cinema, feature film, Eggshells, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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