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.

 

November Coming Fire

November can be quite a depressing month, not because of the early sunsets and the chilly weather (I personally like both these things), but because Halloween has passed, the end of the year is now on horizon and one begins reflect on just how quick the past eleven months have flown by. It’s fortunate then that, to keep away the post Halloween blues, two of my favourite artists, Tobe Hooper and Glenn Danzig, will being releasing much anticipated new material this November.

Coming out first, on NoveDJINN_DVDmber 17, will be the DVD release of Tobe Hooper’s much delayed movie Djinn. From what I’ve read about the plot, think Rosemary’s baby meets Wishmaster. The film was actually completed five years ago, 2010, but couldn’t find a distributor and/or was held back by its financers, the United Arab Emirates, who had issues about the way the country was depicted in the film. Troubled productions unfortunately are quite common with Tobe Hooper movies and at 72 years old Djinn looks like it might be his last feature film so I’m glad it’s finally getting released. Thanks Screen Media Films. Mr. Hooper gets a lot of shit (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre is his only good film. Steven Spielberg really directed Poltergeist!”) but I love him, The Funhouse, Lifeforce, TCM 1&2 and Toolbox Murders are my favourites (and Salem’s Lot was the first movie to ever give me nightmares). Not all his films are perfect but I’ve never seen a Tobe Hooper movie I haven’t enjoyed (O.K Crocodile was shit! But that’s it.). Even his novel Midnight Movie was fun.

Scheduled for release sometime in late November is Glenn Danzig’s long awaited covers album, Skeletons. Not much to say about it. It’s Danzig so it’s gonna kick ass!

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