John Hough (director)

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John Hough
Born (1941-11-21) 21 November 1941 (age 73)
London, England, UK
Occupation Film director

John Hough (born 21 November 1941 in London, England) is a British film and television director. His most prolific period was from the 1970s through the 1980s.[1]

He took his first job as a director on the 1968 season of The Avengers with episodes such as "Super Secret Cypher Snatch" and "Homicide and Old Lace". This led to a TV pilot for a proposed Robin Hood TV show, Wolfshead: The Legend of Robin Hood in 1969. Even though the series never materialised, the pilot was picked up by Hammer Films, who distributed it theatrically. "That one sank without trace," Hough recalled in the notes for his biography on the DVD of his 1980 film The Watcher in the Woods, "but in 1970 a Hollywood producer named Paul Maslanksy came over here looking for a new director to work on a remake of The Window (1949), in which a young boy is the sole witness to a murder and is then tracked down by the assassin."

The film, Eyewitness (1970), was well received and Hammer Films approached him to make the final film in their erotic vampire horror 'Karnstein' trilogy, Twins of Evil (1971). He later directed three episodes of the 1984 series of TV movies Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense.

In his career, Hough has directed such famous actors at Bette Davis, Peter Cushing, Orson Welles, Roddy McDowell,[2] Peter Fonda, Susan George and Richard Harris.

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