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FILE - In this file photo dated Aug. 27, 2010, film maker Tobe Hooper in London. Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" took a buzz saw to audiences with its brutally frightful vision, died aged 74, Saturday Aug. 26, 2017, according to Los Angeles County coroner's office. (Ian West/PA FILE via AP)

Tobe Hooper, director of 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre,' has died at 74



Tobe Hooper, the director of the horror movie "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" and "Poltergeist," died at the age of 74 on Saturday.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office said Sunday that Hooper died of natural causes in the Sherman Oak area of Los Angeles.

Hooper was well known for directing the movie "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." The director made the movie for less than $300,000.

The 1974 movie was based on a true story about a group of friends in Texas who encountered a family of cannibals.

Hooper told the Associated Press that he was inspired to create the story when he was looking at chain saws in a department store.

"I had never seen anything like it and I wanted to see it myself," Hooper said in 2014. "That was a driving force and my ability to pull the energy up out of myself to work that damn hard as I wanted to see it. The movie, I mean, as a finished picture. The energies are making a decision at a point."

The film was controversial and was banned in several countries. Hooper went on to direct the sequel “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” and "Poltergeist."

People took to Twitter to express their condolences.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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