Director Tobe Hooper -- who started one of the longest running horror franchises in 1974 with his low-budget frenetic tale of a chainsaw wielding psychopath and his equally disturbed family in the backwoods of Texas, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a tale that, like Hitchcock's Psycho 14 years earlier was inspired partially by the twisted tale of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein -- passed away on Saturday in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 74.

Hooper also directed the 1982 horror hit Poltergeist, and many other, somewhat lesser known films and television episodes. Enjoy the original trailers for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist again, embedded below, in the great director's memory. May he rest in peace.