Tobe Hooper (1943–2017)


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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)
Lifeforce Director
(1985)

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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 (Music Video)
 1982 Poltergeist
 1981 Venom (replaced by Piers Haggard, uncredited)
 1981 The Funhouse
 1979 Salem's Lot (TV Mini Series) (2 episodes)
- Part 2 (1979)
- Part 1 (1979)
 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
 1967 A Way of Learning (Documentary short)
 1966 Down Friday Street (Documentary short)
 1964 The Heisters (Short)
 1959 The Abyss (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

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

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 15 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)

Spouse:

Rita Marie Bartlett  (divorced) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) remake] It didn't have the context of the times but it was effective in its own way - in particular the scene where the group of friends approach the house and all you see is Jessica Biel's ass. I loved that. 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 »

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Often Directed Horror Movies.

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