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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 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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Other Works:

He mad a 27-minute, 16mm short film called "The Abyss". See more »

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3 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 15 Interviews | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »


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[on Cannon Films] Cannon was really a good company to work for, actually. They made hundreds of movies. They did not have that many hit films, but both Yoram and Maneham just loved movies. They loved films and loved the filmmakers and really treated them well. Or at least they treated me well, and I'm sure they treated most people well if they loved making films. I had a three-picture deal with ... See more »


Was inducted into the inaugural class of the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival Hall of Fame on October 22, 2005, in Tempe, Arizona. See more »

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