One of the underrated elements of the horror community is how many of them have the opportunity to meet their heroes. When famous actors and filmmakers die, they tend to be remembered at a distance on the quality of their work; when horror icons like George Romero or Wes Craven pass, however, people have first-hand accounts of meeting them at festivals and conventions. So as word spreads today about the death of legendary Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper, you’ll hear more than a few first-hand accounts of what it was like to talk about the genre with Hooper. That’s the power of the horror community.
Gunnar Hansen, best known for playing the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, has passed away at the age of 68. Although he was known best for playing one of the most terrifying killers in movie history, Hansen was always described as a kind and soft-spoken man, happy to speak with his fans at horror conventions across the U.S. about his iconic film role.