Tobe Hooper

Birthday: Jan 25, 1943
Birthplace: Not Available
American director Tobe Hooper began his film career like many people in the field, working on industrial films and TV advertisements. Using student help, Hooper began making fictional films while an instructor at the University of Texas. He exploded onto the public scene in 1974 with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a creepy variation on the unhappy career of cannibalistic killer Ed Gein. Despite its lurid title, the film scored more on the threat of violence than its actual violent content, which was minimal. While critics either condemned the picture or simply refused to review it, the movie became a cult favorite, and within five years of its release it was being written about and analyzed by intellectual film periodicals. But, so far as Hollywood was concerned, Hooper remained on the outside looking in, though his cheaply produced Eaten Alive (1976) and The Funhouse (1981) also had loyal followings. Television was more responsive to him, and he was eventually entrusted with a 1979 TV movie version of Stephen King's Salem's Lot. In 1982, the director was given his first mainstream assignment, the Steven Spielberg-produced Poltergeist (1982). Although a bit too reliant upon special effects for Hooper's taste, it proved his ability to set and sustain an eerie mood and highlighted his cheerful disregard for logic and consistency. Hooper's later output included a 1985 remake of the matinee perennial Invaders From Mars, a mishmash 1986 sequel to Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and the ponderously paced thriller Spontaneous Combustion (1989). To some, Hooper continued to be a "promising" talent during the '90s -- it's just that he promised more than he delivered.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet We Blew It Actor 2017
18% Texas Chainsaw Producer $34.4M 2013
No Score Yet Djinn Director 2013
91% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Actor 2012
12% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Producer $39.5M 2006
No Score Yet Masters of Horror Director 2006
No Score Yet Mortuary Director 2005
No Score Yet Masters of Horror Director 2005
53% Toolbox Murders Director 2004
37% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Producer $80.2M 2003
No Score Yet Masters of Horror Actor 2002
67% The American Nightmare Actor 2001
No Score Yet Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth Actor 2000
No Score Yet Crocodile Director 2000
No Score Yet The Apartment Complex Director 1999
27% The Mangler Screenwriter Director 1994
73% Body Bags Actor Director 1993
No Score Yet Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors Director 1993
20% Stephen King's 'Sleepwalkers' Forensic Tech 1992
No Score Yet I'm Dangerous Tonight Director 1990
No Score Yet Spontaneous Combustion Screenwriter Director 1990
48% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Man in hotel corridor (uncredited) Producer Director 1986
36% Invaders from Mars Director 1986
No Score Yet Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors Actor 1986
58% Lifeforce Director 1985
86% Poltergeist Director 1982
71% The Funhouse Director 1981
88% Salem's Lot Director 1979
29% Eaten Alive Director 1977
88% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Director Producer 1974
No Score Yet The Windsplitter Joby 1971
No Score Yet Eggshells Director 1969


63% Masters of Horror
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Steven Spielberg Presents 'Taken'
  • 2002
60% Dark Skies
  • 1996
82% Tales from the Crypt
  • 1991
No Score Yet Freddy's Nightmares
  • 1988
No Score Yet The Equalizer
  • 1988


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