EGGSHELLS (1970) was Tobe Hooper’s first feature—a psychedelic comedy set in the counter-culture haven of Austin, Texas. It never got shown. Never made a dime. Four years later, afraid he’d never work again, he made a little horror film. Things changed. This is the premiere of EGGSHELLS 42 years on.
Eggshells, An American Freak Illumination Time & Space Fantasy of the exploding Austin inevitable crypto embryonic hyper-electric presence dueling with itself as Vince Sobrosek is in the bathroom yelling “listen to yellow dog, goddamn yellow dog!” The devil’s hose dog tongue loops and lollies through a glory hole to your uninvited dinner guests and the bedroom paints itself on it’s way to the wedding as your girlfriend and her lover dance beneath the hemoglobin balloons the writer-man takes an axe to the exploding windshield the naked man makes bathes the girl he loves for her breasts and they all grab a seat under the protoplasmic hair dryer transmogrifying as Vince proclaims, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.” —Tobe Hooper
Though he has worked in the horror and dark fantasy genres for more than two decades, producer-writer-director Tobe Hooper’s significant contributions can all be traced to just two films: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and Poltergeist (1982). Though produced under very different circumstances — the former was an ultra-low-budget exploitation potboiler while the latter was a major studio spectacular — both films were major commercial successes that reflected the zeitgeist of their day. Surprisingly, neither had quite the salutary effect on Hooper’s career as one might have expected. The filmmaker’s current viability, such as it is, has resulted from a canny shift to creating, producing and directing genre projects for the small screen. A popular artist who once helped set trends in entertainment evolved over time into a smooth craftsman striving to ride the wave of his genre’s acceptance into the mainstream.
The Austin, Texas native was first bitten by the… read more
After premiering online two rare Tobe Hooper films, the cult director will be answering questions from the community.
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