Tom DeSimone

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Tom DeSimone
Born1939 (age 79–80)
Alma materEmerson College
University of Southern California
OccupationDirector, writer, producer, editor

Tom DeSimone (born 1939) is an American director, writer, producer and editor, perhaps best known for directing the cult films Chatterbox (1977), Hell Night (1981), and The Concrete Jungle (1982).

Early life[edit]

DeSimone was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emerson College.[1][2] He relocated to Los Angeles, California in the 1960s, and enrolled at the University of Southern California to earn a Master's degree in filmmaking.[1]


DeSimone began his career as a director of numerous adult films in the late 1960s, including several gay pornography films under the pseudonym Lancer Brooks.[2] His 1970 film The Collection was the first X-rated gay feature film to include dialogue and a plot.[2] He would later become known for directing the cult film Chatterbox (1977), produced by Bruce Cohn Curtis. Curtis would then hire him to direct his subsequent film, the cult slasher film Hell Night (1981).[3][4]

He also directed the films The Concrete Jungle and Reform School Girls, and the television series Freddy's Nightmares and Dark Justice.[5][6]



Year Title Notes
1970 How to Make a Homo Movie As Lancer Brooks
1970 Dust Unto Dust As Lancer Brooks
1970 The Collection As Lancer Brooks
1970 The Upstairs Room
1970 Inside A.M.G. (The Athletic Model Guild Story) Documentary film
1971 Lust in the Afternoon
1971 Assault As Lancer Brooks
1971 Confessions of a Male Groupie
1972 Chained As Lancer Brooks
1972 Prison Girls As Thomas DeSimone
1973 Swap Meat As Lancer Brooks
1973 Sons of Satan As Lancer Brooks
1973 Games Without Rules As L. Brooks
1973 Black Heat As Lancer Brooks
1973 Erotikus: A History of the Gay Movie As L. Brooks
1973 The Classified Caper As Lancer Brooks
1974 Duffy's Tavern As Lancer Brooks
1974 Station to Station As L. Brooks
1974 Everything Goes As L. Brooks
1974 Bad, Bad Boys As Lancer Brooks
1975 Good Hot Stuff As Thomas DeSimone
1975 Catching Up
1977 The Harder They Fall As Lancer Brooks
1977 Chatterbox
1977 Heavy Equipment As Lancer Brooks
1978 Hot Truckin' As Lancer Brooks
1979 Gay Guide to Hawaii
1979 The Idol
1979 Gettin' Down As Lancer Brooks
1980 Wet Shorts
1980 The Dirty Picture Show As De Simone
1981 Hell Night
1982 The Concrete Jungle
1982 Skin Deep As Lancer Brooks
1984 Savage Streets Uncredited
1985 Bi-Coastal As Lancer Brooks
1985 Bi-bi Love As Lancer Brooks
1986 Reform School Girls
1988 Angel III: The Final Chapter
1997 Coming Distractions As Lancer Brooks


Year Title Notes
1988–9 Freddy's Nightmares 4 episodes
1991–2 Super Force 6 episodes
1992–3 Swamp Thing 3 episodes
1991–3 Dark Justice 6 episodes
1995 Acapulco Bay
1996–7 The Big Easy 4 episodes
1998 Pensacola: Wings of Gold 1 episode
2002 She Spies 2 episodes


  1. ^ a b Rockoff 2011, p. 118.
  2. ^ a b c Murray 1998, p. 44.
  3. ^ Blair, Linda; Curtis, Bruce Cohn; DeSimone, Tom; Yablans, Irwin (1999). Hell Night Audio commentary (DVD). Anchor Bay Entertainment.
  4. ^ Harper 2004, p. 17.
  5. ^ The New York Times
  6. ^ The Los Angeles Times


  • Harper, Jim (2004). Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies. Manchester: Critical Vision. ISBN 978-1-900-48639-2.
  • Murray, Raymond (1998). Images in the Dark: An Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Film and Video (Revised ed.). Titan Books. ISBN 978-1-840-23033-8.
  • Rockoff, Adam (2011). Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film, 1978-1986. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. ISBN 978-0-786-46932-1.

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