During disc jockey Vantia Block’s radio show, two hoodlums begin calling and harrassing her. Things take an abrupt turn when the boys drive into a location where there are confronted by Leatherface and sawed into bits as the horrified Vantia listens on the phone. The sheriff convinces Vantia to play a recording of the phone call on the air, in the hopes that the killer will come to the station so that he can be caught. –tcn.com
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.
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