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Tobe Hooper (1943–2017)


Honored with many awards for his films and achievement in the horror genre, Tobe Hooper is truly one of the Masters of Horror (2005). Tobe Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, to Lois Belle (Crosby) and Norman William Ray Hooper, who owned a theater in San Angelo. He spent the 1960s as a college professor and documentary cameraman. In 1974, he ... See full bio »

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Poltergeist Director
(1982)
(1990)

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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/Switch (2002) ... (segment "Cargo")
- The Maze/Harmony (2002) ... (segment "The Maze")
 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)
 1995 Nowhere Man (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Turnabout (1995)
 1995 The Mangler
 1993 Body Bags (TV Movie) (segment "Eye")
 1993 Night Terrors
 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
 1983 Billy Idol: Dancing with Myself (Video short)
 1982 Poltergeist
 1981 The Funhouse
 1979 Salem's Lot (TV Movie)
 1979 The Dark (replaced by John Cardos, uncredited)
 1976 Eaten Alive
 1971 Peter Paul and Mary: The Song is Love (TV Movie documentary)
 1969 Eggshells
 1966 Down Friday Street (Documentary short)
 1964 The Heisters (Short)
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Other Works:

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

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3 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 15 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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[on the look of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)] It was my second feature, and I'd shot a lot of documentaries and television commercials. So I had quite a lot of experience. I came into it knowing exactly what I wanted and I did have an excellent director of photography, Daniel Pearl, who was just out of film school. So he and I together got the look down. See more »

Trivia:

The three films he made for Cannon--Lifeforce (1985), Invaders from Mars (1986) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)--were all drastically re-cut by the producers and failed at the box office. Hooper then began working in television, where he's stayed, with only a few exceptions, since the late 1980s. See more »

Trademark:

Often Directed Horror Movies.

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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