Tom Holland

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Here's a clever genre filmmaker whose talent lies less in creating original material than in recycling old, but good ideas. Holland's screenplay for "Class of 1984" (1982) was a riotous, punked-out updating of "The ... Read more »
Born: 07/10/1943 in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (15)

The Ten O'Clock People 2014 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Fright Night 2011 (Movie)

(based on the film "Fright Night") (Source Material)

Fright Night 2011 (Movie)

(Story By)

Thinner 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fright Night II 1989 (Movie)

from original characters (Characters as Source Material)

Child's Play 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

Child's Play 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fright Night 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cloak and Dagger 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scream For Help 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Psycho II 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Class of 1984 1982 (Movie)

(From Story)

Class of 1984 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Beast Within 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Initiation of Sarah (TV Show)

Story By
Director (13)

The Ten O'Clock People 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Masters of Horror 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Thinner 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Temp 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Two-Fisted Tales 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

The Owl 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Four-Sided Triangle 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Lover Come Hack to Me 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Child's Play 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Fatal Beauty 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Fright Night 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

King of the Road (TV Show)

Director

The Stranger Within (TV Show)

Director
Actor (4)

Hatchet II 2010 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Stephen King's "The Langoliers" 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's The Stand 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Psycho II 1983 (Movie)

Deputy Norris (Actor)
Producer (2)

The Ten O'Clock People 2014 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Disorder in the Court: 60th Anniversary Tribute to the Stooges 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Here's a clever genre filmmaker whose talent lies less in creating original material than in recycling old, but good ideas. Holland's screenplay for "Class of 1984" (1982) was a riotous, punked-out updating of "The Blackboard Jungle" (1955) as an action comic-book. "Cloak and Dagger" (1984) was a shrewd, quasi-Spielbergian take on "The Window", the 1949 noir sleeper about an imaginative little boy who cries wolf one time too many. His smart and witty screenplay for "Psycho II" (1983) helped make a particularly dreaded sequel into a pleasant surprise featuring classic characters and sets in new situations. As the writer-director of "Child's Play" (1988), Holland resuscitated the hoary device of an evil murderous doll to construct a surprise hit that inaugurated the three-picture "Chucky" franchise.

Relationships

Tom Holland

Father

Lee Holland

Mother

Josh Holland

Son

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York
worked with Lee Strasberg

Herbert Berghof Studio

New York , New York
studied as a teenager; renamed HB Studio

went to law school; received law degree

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
enrolled at 26; graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
studied for one year

Milestones

1995

TV miniseries directing debut, "Stephen King's 'The Langoliers'" (ABC)

1994

TV miniseries acting debut, "Stephen King's 'The Stand'" (ABC)

1991

Executive produced and directed "The Owl", an unsold CBS action/crime show pilot

1990

Executive produced his first TV special, "Disorder in the Court: 60th Anniversary Tribute to the Stooges"

1989

Directed several episodes of "Tales from the Crypt", the HBO cable TV horror anthology series

1988

Wrote and directed "Child's Play" which spawned Chucky the walking, talking murderous doll and two sequels

1987

Ventured out of the horror genre to direct "Fatal Beauty", a violent cop drama starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sam Elliot

1986

TV directing debut, "Miscalculation", an episode of "Amazing Stories" starring Jon Cryer

1985

Feature directing debut (also screenplay), "Fright Night", a modern vampire movie

1984

Reteamed with director Richard Franklin to write screenplay for psychological thriller, "Cloak and Dagger"

1983

Wrote screenplay for "Psycho II", directed by Richard Franklin; also appeared as an actor

1982

Wrote story and co-wrote screenplay for "The Class of 1984", an update of "The Blackboard Jungle", directed by Mark L. Lester

1982

First produced screenplay, "The Beast Within"

1978

Wrote the story for "The Initiation of Sarah" an ABC TV-movie about witchcraft

1969

Appeared in "A Walk in the Spring Rain", a Stirling Siliphant scripted and produced melodrama starring Anthony Quinn and Ingrid Bergman

1968

Appeared in "The Model Shop" directed by Jacques Demy

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