Archive for Tobe Hooper

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Cashing in with the Most Horrifying Motion Picture You’ll Ever See! (May, 1981)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Robert Shayne was only 27 when he formed New Line Cinema back in 1967. At its conception, New Line was strictly into distribution; mostly providing a pipeline for foreign and art house fare for college revivals, scoring its biggest hit when Shayne repacked Dwain Esper’s Reefer Madness, which had been recently unearthed by Keith “Legalize it Now” Stroup in 1971, whose draconian and overblown stance on the wacky-weed went over big with the under 30 crowd. New Line also provided a wider market for the likes of John Waters and other regional independent entrepreneurs; and when Friday the 13th hit big in 1980 New Line managed to secure the rights for Tobe Hooper’s magnum-opus and introduced it to a whole new generation. By this time, New Line was also dabbling in producing their own product and would eventually take the profits from this re-release and funnel them into their own fright flicks like Alone in the Dark and Xtro; not to mention their most famous slasher, who, while not much of a mystery to I.D., I’ll keep on the Q.T. until I post the ads for it in a couple of days.
 
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Vortex :: New Line Cinema / P: Jay Parsley, Tobe Hooper / D: Tobe Hooper / W: Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper / C: Daniel Pearl / E: Larry Carroll, Sallye Richardson / M: Wayne Bell, Tobe Hooper / S: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Pay to Get In. Pray to Get Out. (March, 1981)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Folks who think Tobe Hooper was a fast flash in the pan who dropped a bunch of cinematic turds after his inaugural effort, tend to forget he also directed Poltergeist. And they should also give The Funhouse another look, too (– and Lifeforce while they’re at it.) The film also kinda marks a turning point in the Stalk ‘n’ Slash boom where it started to become less about whodunit and more about howtheydunit; and how the homicidal psychopaths were slowly being replaced with nigh indestructible killers, making it more of an outright monster movie. (It’s a Universal Picture; it’s a tradition, ‘natch.) Anyhoo, mutant freak aside, the film is just oozing with atmosphere that Hooper wrings from the seedier side of the carnival well off the bright lights of the midway’s beaten path and it’s aged a lot better than you’d think.

Other Points of Interest:

Poster campaign for The Funhouse at the Archive.

 
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The Funhouse (1981) Mace Neufeld Productions :: Universal Pictures / EP: Mark L. Lester, Mace Neufeld / P: Steven Bernhardt, Derek Power / AP: Brad Neufeld / D: Tobe Hooper / W: Lawrence Block / C: Andrew Laszlo / E: Jack Hofstra / M: John Beal / S: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carson, Jeanne Austin, Cooper Huckabee, Miles Chapin, Kevin Conway, Wayne Doba

Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them? (May, 1976)

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Greatest. Triple. Feature. EVER! And please note the local sensors in action on that second ad. A Psycho Mind is Bad enough, but a Psycho Sexual Mind will not stand.
 
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Vortex :: Bryanston Distributing / P: Jay Parsley, Tobe Hooper / D: Tobe Hooper / W: Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper / C: Daniel Pearl / E: Larry Carroll, Sallye Richardson / M: Wayne Bell, Tobe Hooper / S: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen

Torso (1973) Compagnia Cinematografica Champion :: Joseph Brenner Associates / P: Antonio Cervi, Carlo Ponti / D: Sergio Martino / W: Ernesto Gastaldi, Sergio Martino / C: Giancarlo Ferrando / E: Eugenio Alabiso / M: Guido De Angelis, Maurizio De Angelis / S: Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda, Angela Covello, Carla Brait