Tobe Hooper

Tobe Hooper

Highest Rated: 89% The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

Birthday: Jan 25, 1943

Birthplace: Austin, Texas, USA

Though he worked in the horror and dark fantasy genres for decades, writer and director Tobe Hooper made significant contributions to the genre with just two films: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974) and "Poltergeist" (1982).Though produced under very different circumstances - the former was an ultra-low-budget exploitation potboiler while the latter was a major studio spectacular - both films were major commercial successes that reflected the zeitgeist of their day. Surprisingly, neither had quite the salutary effect on Hooper's career as one might have expected. Following "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," Hooper had trouble finding his Hollywood footing with "Eaten Alive" (1977) and "The Funhouse" (1981), before being handed the reigns to "Poltergeist" by producer Steven Spielberg. But that proved to be more of a burden than a blessing, particularly after the film released and became a huge success; several cast members and crew claimed that Spielberg was the true director of the film, having exerted creative control over Hooper. Subsequently dismissed, Hooper entered into a disastrous period, directing three straight flops for Cannon Pictures after signing an ill-fated deal. With his feature directing career in tatters, he found new life on the small screen, directing made-for-television horror movies as well as episodes of "Nowhere Man" (UPN, 1995-96), "Dark Skies" (NBC, 1996-97) and "Masters of Horror" (Showtime, 2005-07). A popular artist who once changed the face of horror, Hooper devolved into a struggling, work-for-hire director who nonetheless maintained a high-level of craftsmanship in all of his work. Tobe Hooper died in Sherman Oaks, California on August 26, 2017. He was 74.


Highest Rated Movies



30% 24% Leatherface Executive Producer - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Blew It Himself (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 9% Djinn Director - 2013
19% 40% Texas Chainsaw Executive Producer - 2013
13% 53% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Writer (Characters) $39.5M 2006
No Score Yet 18% Mortuary Director - 2005
53% 33% Toolbox Murders Director - 2004
67% 74% American Nightmare Himself (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 18% Crocodile Director - 2000
No Score Yet 0% The Apartment Complex Director - 1999
27% 19% The Mangler Director $1.8M 1995
67% 39% Body Bags Director - 1993
No Score Yet 9% Night Terrors Director - 1993
33% 31% Sleepwalkers Forensic Tech (Character) $28.1M 1992
No Score Yet 19% I'm Dangerous Tonight Director - 1990
No Score Yet 18% Spontaneous Combustion Director - 1990
33% 33% Invaders From Mars Director $4.8M 1986
47% 44% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 Director $6.2M 1986
58% 45% Lifeforce Director - 1985
86% 79% Poltergeist Director $121.8M 1982
67% 38% The Funhouse Director - 1981
88% 64% Salem's Lot Director - 1979
35% 30% Eaten Alive Director - 1976
89% 82% The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Director,
- 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eggshells Director,
Film Editor
- 1969
No Score Yet 57% Eggshells Director - 1969


63% 89% Masters of Horror Director 2005-2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perversions of Science Director 1997
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Director 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Director 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories Director 1987


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