Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ Omits ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Director Tobe Hooper After Using Film in a Montage

Director’s fans cry foul on social media: “‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ and ‘Poltergeist’ … are absolutely LEGENDARY and important movies”

The “In Memoriam” segment at the Oscars on Sunday omitted “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Poltergeist” director Tobe Hooper, angering fans of his on Twitter.

“DID I MISS TOBE HOOPER OR AM I GOING TO FLIP MY TV OVER?!” one enraged viewer wrote.

The insult only stung more for the fact that a clip from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was used in an earlier montage on the show.

“I 100% understand that the #Oscars “in memoriam” video packages can’t mention *everyone*, but Tobe Hooper? Come on. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist, if he only made those two films, are absolutely LEGENDARY and important movies. Sigh,” wrote another user.

Hooper died last August at the age of 74. His breakout was the 1974 horror classic “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a low-budget film about a group of friends who fall victim to a family of deranged cannibals loosely based on the real-life criminal Ed Gein.

Though it was banned in several countries because of its extreme violence, the movie became a cult hit — and one of the most profitable movies of all time. It earned over $30 million on a budget of only $300,000, when adjusted for inflation.

Hooper would go on to direct a number of other renowned horror films, including 1982’s “Poltergeist” — a blockbuster for MGM written and produced by Steven Spielberg — as well as 1993’s “Night Terrors” and 2013’s “Djinn.”