Tobe Hooper Biography (1943-)

Full name, William Tobe Hooper; born January 25, 1943, in Austin, TX; son ofNorman W. R. and Lois (maiden name, Crosby) Hooper; children: (with companionMarcia Zwilling; an executive) William, Tony. Addresses: Publicist: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Producer, director, writer, composer, actor
Birth Details
January 25, 1943
Austin, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director
  • The Abyss (short film), 1959
  • Heisters (short film), 1963
  • Eggshells (an American Freak Odyssey), 1970
  • (And producer) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (also known as TCM), Bryanston, 1974
  • Eaten Alive (also known as Death Trap, Horror Hotel,The Horror Hotel Massacre, Legend of the Bayou, Murder on the Bayou, and Starlight Slaughter), Vigo International, 1976
  • The Funhouse (also known as Carnival of Terror), Universal,1981
  • Poltergeist, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • Lifeforce, TriStar, 1985
  • Invaders from Mars, Cannon, 1986
  • (And coproducer) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Part II (also knownas TCM 2 and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2), Cannon, 1986
  • Spontaneous Combustion, Taurus Entertainment, 1990
  • Night Terrors (also known as Nightmare, Tobe Hooper's Nightmare, and Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors), 1993
  • The Mangler, New Line Cinema, 1995
  • Also directed Down Friday Street.
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • Creator (with Kim Hendel), Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (also known as TCM 3), New Line Cinema, 1990
  • Film Appearances
  • The Windsplitter, Pop Films, 1971
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Part II (also known as TCM 2 and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2), Cannon, 1986
  • Forensic technician, Stephen King's Sleepwalkers (also known as Sleepstalkers and Sleepwalkers), Columbia, 1992
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth, Exploited Film, 2000
  • Television Director
  • Movies
  • Salem's Lot (also known as Blood Thirst, Salem's Lot: The Miniseries, and Salem's Lot: The Movie), CBS, 1979
  • I'm Dangerous Tonight, USA Network, 1990
  • "Eye," John Carpenter Presents Body Bags (also known as Body Bags), Showtime, 1993
  • The Apartment Complex, Showtime, 1999
  • Crocodile, USA Network, 2000
  • Miniseries
  • "The Maze," Shadow Realm, Sci-Fi Channel, 2002
  • "Beyond the Sky," Taken (also known as Steven Spielberg Presents Taken), Sci-Fi Channel, 2002
  • Episodic
  • "Miss Stardust," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1987
  • "No Place Like Home," The Equalizer, CBS, 1988
  • "Dead Wait," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1991
  • "Absolute Zero," Nowhere Man, UPN, 1995
  • "Turnabout," Nowhere Man, UPN, 1995
  • "The Awakening: Parts 1 & 2," Dark Skies, NBC, 1996
  • "Panic," Nowhere Man, UPN, 1997
  • "Panic," Perversions of Science, HBO, 1997
  • "Souls on Board," The Others, NBC, 2000
  • Television Work
  • Pilots
  • Director, Freddy's Nightmares: No More Mr. Nice Guy, 1988
  • Producer, Phone Calls from the Dead, UPN, 1996
  • Other
  • Director, Haunted Lives ... True Ghost Stories (special), CBS, 1991
  • Director and creator of special visual effects, Real Ghosts II, UPN, 1996
  • Other work includes a documentary special on the singing group Peter, Paul, and Mary.
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • The Making of "Poltergeist," 1982
  • Night of the Living Dead: 25th Anniversary Edition, 1993
  • Anatomy of Horror, UPN, 1995
  • The American Nightmare, Independent Film Channel, 2000
  • Inside Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken, Sci-Fi Channel, 2001
  • The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, 2001
  • Masters of Horror, 2002
  • Other
  • Second morgue worker, "Eye," John Carpenter Presents Body Bags (movie; also known as Body Bags), Showtime, 1993
  • A-Z of Horror (miniseries; also known as Clive Barker's A-Z ofHorror), 1997
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Himself, Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors, 1986
  • Director of the music video "Dancing with Myself" by Billy Idol, 1983.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With Howard Goldberg and Stephen Brooks) Spontaneous Combustion (also based on a story by Hooper), Taurus Entertainment, 1990
  • (With Brooks) The Mangler, New Line Cinema, 1995
  • Film Music
  • (With Wayne Bell) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (also known as TCM), Bryanston, 1974
  • (With Jerry Lambert) Eaten Alive (also known as Death Trap,Horror Hotel, The Horror Hotel Massacre, Legend of the Bayou, Murder on the Bayou, and Starlight Slaughter), Vigo International, 1976

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The 1974 screenplay The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was based on a story by Hooper and Kim Hendel; the 2003 version was based on the original 1974screenplay. The screenplays Eaten Alive, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Part II, The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (also knownas TCM 4, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4, and The Texas ChainsawMassacre: The Next Generation), released in 1994, were all based on characters created by Hooper. A video game based on the film The Texas ChainsawMassacre was released in 1982.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • Muir, John Kenneth, Eaten Alive at a Chainsaw Massacre: The Films of Tobe Hooper, McFarland and Co., 2002

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