Top Ten Tobe Hooper Poster Art

Inspired by the release of the official poster for Rob Zombie’s 31, I wanted to put up a post looking at some poster art and home release covers for Tobe Hooper movies. One of my favourite filmmakers, Hooper is an under appreciated director whose films have clearly been a big influence on Zombie.

Poltergeist

10. Poltergeist (1982) ‘Who really directed Poltergeist, Hooper or Spielberg? My opinion is that this would have been a much better, scarier (although probably not as successful) movie if Spielberg had left Hooper to it. I’ll take a coked up Hooper over any type of Spielberg any day.’

Eaten Alive

09. Eaten Alive AKA Horror Hotel AKA Starlight Slaughter AKA Death Trap AKA Legend ofthe Bayou (1977) ‘Hooper’s follow up to TCM went by many names when it was originally released in 1977 and in 1984 it acquired yet another one when it showed up in New York theaters with the title ‘Legend of the Bayou’. Inspired by the true life killings of Joe Ball, the Alligator Man, a bar owner who supposedly fed his victims to his pet alligator, the film is a decent follow up to TCM.’

Salem's Lot

08. Salem’s Lot (1979)

Massacre 2

07.Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) ‘This was the last picture released by Hooper as part of his three picture deal with Cannon, and the only one that was a success at the box office.’

Carnaval del Terror

06. The Funhouse (1981)

Liforce - Italy

05. Lifeforce AKA Space Vampires (1985) ‘This is the Italian poster for the first picture released by Hooper after he signed a three picture deal with Cannon Films. Released in America as Lifeforce, the film was not a commercial success there, not a good start for Hooper and Cannon. Had the film been released as Space Vampires (also the title of the Colin Wilson novel it was based on) I think the film might have achieved better box office.’

TXChainsaw French

04. Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) ‘After suffering a five year ban, TCM was finally released in France with this poster art.’

The Funhouse

03. The Funhouse (1981) ‘The specially commisioned Rick Melton cover for Arrow Films’ release of The Funhouse.’ Find more of Melton’s work at his website Stunningly Savage.

Lifeforce

02. Lifeforce AKA Space Vampires (1985)

TCM 2

01. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) ‘Commisioned for the recent Shout! Factory Bluray, this picture for TCM 2 is, like the film itself, a masterpiece.’

 

 

Christina's World

‘Christina’s World’ by Andrew Wyeth (1948) The painting that helped inspire Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

 

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5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tobe Hooper Poster Art

  1. Great idea and selections. Ironically, though, I actually think the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 poster parody of Breakfast Club is fantastic and one of my favorites.

    Also, I had no idea about the connection between Christina’s World and Texas Chain Saw Massacre. But kinda makes sense to me because I really love both.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I love the Breakfast Club TCM 2 poster, too. Let’s say it’s number eleven on the list, and on another day I probably would have put it in the top ten.

      I had neither heard of or seen Christina’s World prior to reading an event review of a screening of TCM to celebrate its 40th anniversary where, during the Q&A between William Friedkin and Tobe Hooper, Hooper reveals that the painting was a big influence on the film. You can definitely see it. Now the painting is one of my favs.

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