Tobe Hooper

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Though he worked in the horror and dark fantasy genres for decades, writer and director Tobe Hooper made significant contributions to the genre with just two films: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974) and "Poltergeist" ... Read more »
Born: 01/24/1943 in Austin, Texas, USA

Filmography

Director (28)

Djinn 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Masters of Horror 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Mortuary 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Director

The Toolbox Murders 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Dark Skies 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Freddy's Nightmares 1988 - 1989, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Night Visions 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Nowhere Man 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Perversions of Science 1988 - 1989, 1997 - 1998, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

The Others 1988 - 1989, 1997 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Real Ghosts II 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

The Mangler 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Wait 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Haunted Lives... True Ghost Stories 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

I'm Dangerous Tonight 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Spontaneous Combustion 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Invaders From Mars 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Lifeforce 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Poltergeist 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Funhouse 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Eaten Alive 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Crocodile (TV Show)

Director

From a Buick 8 (Movie)

(Director)

The Apartment Complex (TV Show)

Director
Writer (9)

Texas Chainsaw 3D 2013 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning 2006 (Movie)

(characters from original screenplay) (Source Material)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 (Movie)

Screenplay as Source Material (Screenplay)

The Mangler 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III 1990 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Spontaneous Combustion 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eaten Alive 1976 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (9)

Boogeymen II: Masters of Horror 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Nightmare 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

John Carpenter Presents Body Bags 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers 1992 (Movie)

Forensic Tech (Actor)

The Windsplitter 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (5)

Texas Chainsaw 3D 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 1986 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (3)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Eaten Alive 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974 (Movie)

(Music)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 1986 (Movie)

modelmaker (Visual Effects)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974 (Movie)

(Photography)
Executive (1)

The Horror Hall of Fame II (TV Show)

Executive

Biography

Though he worked in the horror and dark fantasy genres for decades, writer and director Tobe Hooper made significant contributions to the genre with 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. Following "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," Hooper had trouble finding his Hollywood footing with "Eaten Alive" (1977) and "The Funhouse" (1981), before being handed the reigns to "Poltergeist" by producer Steven Spielberg. But that proved to be more of a burden than a blessing, particularly after the film released and became a huge success - several cast members and crew claimed that Spielberg was the true director of the film, having exerted creative control over Hooper. Subsequently dismissed, Hooper entered into a disastrous period, directing three straight flops for Cannon Pictures after signing an ill-fated deal. With his feature directing career in tatters, he found new life on the small screen, directing made-for-television horror movies as well as episodes of "Nowhere Man" (UPN, 1995-96), "Dark Skies" (NBC, 1996-97) and "Masters of Horror" (Showtime, 2005-07). A popular artist who once changed the face of horror, Hooper devolved into a struggling, work-for-hire director who nonetheless maintain a high-level of craftsmanship in all of his work.

Relationships

Norman W R Hooper

Father

William Hooper Sound Editor

Son

Lois Hooper

Mother
died July 14, 1996 at age of 85 from complications from a stroke

Tony Hooper

Son
designed the title "creature" for Hooper's "The Mangler"

Marcia Zwilling

Companion
former Lorimar TV exec Hooper's partner and VP, Development for their Amberson Films, their TV production

EDUCATION

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas
studied film

Milestones

2002

Directed the "Beyond the Sky" episode of Steven Spielberg's miniseries "Taken" (Sci-fi)

1996

Credited as special visual effects creator on the UPN special "Real Ghosts II" (also directed)

1996

Helmed the two-hour pilot/series premiere of the NBC period sci-fi thriller "Dark Skies"

1995

Directed the pilot for UPN's "Nowhere Man", a cultish suspense series

1995

Signed an exclusive multi-year development deal with Walt Disney TV to create, produce and direct series, movies and miniseries through his Amberson Films

1993

Directed a segment ("Eye") for the omnibus Showtime telefilm "John Carpenter Presents Body Bags" (also acted)

1991

Directed first TV special, "Haunted Lives . . . True Ghost Stories" for CBS

1990

TV-movie (as opposed to miniseries) directing debut, "I'm Dangerous Tonight", a supernatural thriller for the USA Network

1989

First screenwriting collaboration with visual effects artist ("Lifeforce" 1985; "The Mangler" 1995) cum writing partner Stephen Brooks, "Spontaneous Combustion" (also directed); released direct-to-video; they also co-scripted "The Mangler" (1995)

1988

Directed the pilot episode ("No More Mr. Nice Guy") for the syndicated horror anthology series "Freddy's Nightmares"

1987

TV series directing debut, "Amazing Stories"

1986

First credit as a modelmaker, also provided music, co-produced, and directed, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2", a gory yet satirical sequel to his 1974 landmark

1984

Signed a three-picture deal with Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus of Cannon Films

1982

Helmed first big-budget studio feature, "Poltergeist" produced by Steven Spielberg; feature rumored to have been actually co-directed by the overpowering auteur

1981

Fired as helmer of horror feature "Venom"; replaced by Piers Haggard

1981

Experienced extreme creative differences with producers of "The Funhouse" which he directed

1979

TV directing debut, directed the well-received CBS miniseries "Salem's Lot", the first TV adaptation of a Stephen King work

1979

Fired as the helmer of a feature entitled "The Dark"; replaced by John Bud Carlos

1976

Completed second feature "Eaten Alive/Death Trap/Legend of the Bayou/Horror Hotel/Starlight Slaughter" (directed; wrote story; composed score); had extreme creative differences with the producers who recut the film

1974

Gained notoriety by directing, producing, co-writing (with Kim Hendel), and score composer (with Wayne Bell) the horror/exploitation classic, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"; produced on a budget of $155,000, went on to reputedly gross $50 million (reports

1970

Feature acting debut, "The Windsplitter"

1968

Feature debut as producer, director and screenwriter, "Eggshells (An American Freak Odyssey)", a story about the decline of the peace movement; won award at the Atlanta Film Festival but failed to find a distributor

1968

Directed a PBS documentary on the folk trio, "Peter, Paul, and Mary"; first produced effort

1963

Directed short entitled "Heisters"

1959

Made first short (with sound), "The Abyss"

Directed award-winning short film, "Down Friday Street"

Began making movies at age nine after discovering his father's 8mm camera

Dissatisfied with scripts being offered, directed "Dancing With Myself", a music video for recording artist Billy Idol

Broke into professional filmmaking via commericals and industrials

Bonus Trivia

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Hooper serves as director and partner in Amberson Films, a TV production company.

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Hooper sits on the Horror Hall of Fame board of directors.

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Hooper received an award from New York Film and Television Festival for his early short film, "Down Friday Street".

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A "Texas Chainsaw" video game was marketed in 1982.

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