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Tobe Hooper

Before becoming a filmmaker, Tobe Hooper, a native of Austin, Texas, spent the 1960s as a college professor and documentary cameraman. In 1974, he organized a small cast that was made up of college teachers and students, and then he and Kim Henkel made The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). This film changed the horror film industry. Hooper based it... See full bio »
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 2013 Djinn
 2005-2006 Masters of Horror (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Damned Thing (2006)
 2005/I Mortuary
 2002 Taken (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode)
- Beyond the Sky (2002)
 2002 Night Visions (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Cargo (2002)
- The Maze (2002)
 2002 Shadow Realm (TV Movie) (segment "The Maze")
 2000 Crocodile (Video)
 2000 The Others (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Souls on Board (2000)
 1999 The Apartment Complex (TV Movie)
 1998 Prey (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1997 Perversions of Science (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Panic (1997)
 1996 Dark Skies (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Awakening (1996)
 1995 Nowhere Man (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Turnabout (1995)
- Absolute Zero (1995)
 1995 The Mangler
 1993 Night Terrors
 1993 Body Bags (TV Movie) (segment "Eye")
 1991 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Dead Wait (1991)
 1991 Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories (TV Mini-Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1990 I'm Dangerous Tonight (TV Movie)
 1988 Freddy's Nightmares (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1988 The Equalizer (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1987 Amazing Stories (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Miss Stardust (1987)
 1985 Lifeforce
 1982 Poltergeist
 1981 Venom (replaced, uncredited)
 1981 The Funhouse
 1979 Salem's Lot (TV Movie)
 1979 The Dark (replaced by John Cardos, uncredited)
 1976 Eaten Alive
 1969 Eggshells
 1964 The Heisters (Short)
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I've kind of talked that one to death, really. I've been asked that so many times that I feel the record should be straight already. The genesis of it came from an article in The L.A. Times: When we were shooting the practical location on the house, the first two weeks of filming were exterior, so I had second-unit shots that had to be picked up in the front of the house. I was in the back of the... See more »


Was originally offered the script for Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) but turned it down. Spielberg then suggested Hooper direct Poltergeist (1982), a project he had written himself and had planned on directing. Hooper took the job and Spielberg himself directed "E.T.". See more »

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