Willard Tobe Hooper was an American director, screenwriter, and producer best known for his work in the horror genre. The British Film Institute cited Hooper as one of the most influential horror filmmakers of all time. Born in Austin, Texas, Hooper’s feature film debut was the independent Eggshells, which he co-wrote with Kim Henkel. The two reunited to co-write The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which Hooper also directed. The film went on to become a classic of the genre, and was described in 2010 by The Guardian as “one of the most influential films ever made.” Hooper subsequently directed the horror film Eaten Alive, followed by the 1979 miniseries Salem’s Lot, an adaptation of the novel by Stephen King. Following this, Hooper signed on to direct The Funhouse, a major studio slasher film distributed by Universal Pictures. The following year, he directed the supernatural thriller Poltergeist, written and produced by Steven Spielberg.
|Born:||Willard Tobe Hooper, January 25, 1943, Austin, Texas, U.S.|
|Died:||August 26, 2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation:||Director, screenwriter, producer|
|Notable work:||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist|
|IMDb:||Tobe Hooper’s IMDb|
About Tobe Hooper
Director and screenwriter who is best known for his work on horror films, including the 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and the 1982 film Poltergeist.
He worked as a college professor and cameraman in the 1960’s.
He released the long-awaited sequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1986. He also co-produced a remake of the original in 2003.
He was married to Carin Berger from 1983 to 1990. He has a son named William Tony Hooper.
His 1979 film Salem’s Lot was an adaptation of the novel by Stephen King. It received three Emmy nominations.
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