Four years and four months ago, Tobe Hooper died at age 74. There's no question that Hooper did himself proud with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ('74), a low-budget slasher thriller that I've never liked but have always "respected". The following Wikipage sentence says it all: "It is credited with originating several elements common in the slasher genre, including the use of power tools as murder weapons and the characterization of the killer as a large, hulking, faceless figure."