|Born||William Tobe Hooper
January 25, 1943
Austin, Texas, US
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, producer|
|Known for||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
William Tobe Hooper (born January 25, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for his work in the horror film genre. His 1974 film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, was described by Stuart Heritage of The Guardian as "one of the most influential films ever made".
Early life and work
Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, the son of Lois Belle (née Crosby) and Norman William Ray Hooper, who owned a theater in San Angelo. He first became interested in filmmaking when he used his father's 8 mm camera at age 9. Hooper took Radio-Television-Film classes at the University of Texas at Austin and studied drama in Dallas under Baruch Lumet.
Hooper spent the 1960s as a college professor and documentary cameraman. His short film The Heisters (1965) was invited to be entered in the short subject category for an Oscar, but was not finished in time for the competition that year.
- Eggshells (1969)
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
- Eaten Alive (1977)
- The Funhouse (1981)
- Poltergeist (1982)
- Lifeforce (1985)
- Invaders from Mars (1986)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
- Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
- I'm Dangerous Tonight (1990)
- Night Terrors (1993)
- Body Bags (1993)
- The Mangler (1995)
- The Apartment Complex (1999)
- Crocodile (2000)
- Toolbox Murders (2004)
- Mortuary (2006)
- Destiny Express Redux (2009)
- Djinn (2013)
- Salem's Lot (1979)
- Freddy's Nightmares: "No More Mr. Nice Guy" (1988)
- Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories (1991)
- Tales from the Crypt: Dead Wait (1991)
- Nowhere Man (1995)
- Dark Skies (1997)
- Taken (2002)
- Dance of the Dead (Masters of Horror) (2005)
- The Damned Thing (Masters of Horror) (2006)
- Midnight Movie (2011)
- Heritage, Stuart (October 22, 2010). "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: No 14 best horror film of all time". The Guardian.
- Tobe Hooper Biography (1943-)
- Alison Macor. Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas University of Texas Press: Austin, 2010.
- Billington, Alex. "Might Tobe Hooper Return for More Texas Chainsaw Massacre?".
- "A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss - Q&A with Mark Gatiss". BBC. Retrieved November 12, 2010.