Birth Place: Austin, Texas, USA
Tobe Hooper (William Tobe Hooper) is a 5' 7" (1.7 m) American film director, screenwriter, and producer that was born on January 25, 1943 in Austin, Texas, USA. He was born to mother Lois Belle and father, Norman William Ray Hooper, who is the owner of a theater in San Angelo. He became fascinated with making films when he was nine-year-old and used his father's 8mm video camera for the first time. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and took Radio-Television-Film classes. He then studies drama in Dallas under Baruch Lumet.
He is best known for his work on horror films including The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Salem's Lot (1979), Poltergeist (1982) which was based on Steven Spielberg's story and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986). He made his own cast in 1974 consisting of college teachers and students to be part of him and Kim Henkel film; The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). He based the movie on real life cannibalistic serial killer Ed Gein, who murdered several people in the 1950s. Tobe became famous for this movie making him known/recognized in Hollywood. The Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is a horror classic today.
- He worked as a documentary cameraman and a college professor in the 1960s.
- He made a short film, The Heisters (1965)
- He turned down directing the script for Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and accepted the offer for Spielberg Poltergeist (1982). Steven Spielberg directed "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
- He has two kids, William Hooper and Tony Hooper.
2009, October 2009 - Twisted Pictures which is a company behind the Saw films bought all rights to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
2013 - Twisted Pictures made Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) which is a new film.
2011 - Tobe’s first novel, Midnight Movie, was published on Three Rivers Press.
Some of Tobe’s quotes:
“I haven't seen The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) on the big screen for many, many years. This 40th anniversary restoration is absolutely the best the film has ever looked. The color and clarity is spectacular, displaying visual details in the film that were never before perceptible. The newly remastered 7.1 soundtrack breathes new life and energy into the film. I am very much looking forward to audiences experiencing this film as they never have before.”
“Cannon was really a good company to work for, actually. They made hundreds of movies. They did not have that many hit films, but both Yoram and Maneham just loved movies. They loved films and loved the filmmakers and really treated them well. Or at least they treated me well, and I'm sure they treated most people well if they loved making films. I had a three-picture deal with them, and they basically said, "Do what you want to do." There was some guidance, but not like today. It seemed more, when I was there, like maybe what the old system was like. I miss it. I miss that kind of showmanship and chance-taking”
“I've kind of talked that one to death, really. I've been asked that so many times that I feel the record should be straight already. The genesis of it came from an article in The L.A. Times: When we were shooting the practical location on the house, the first two weeks of filming were exterior, so I had second-unit shots that had to be picked up in the front of the house. I was in the back of the house shooting Robbie [actor Oliver Robins] and the tree, looking down at the burial of the little tweety bird, so Steven was picking those shots up for me. The L.A. Times arrived on the set and printed something like, "We don't know who's directing the picture." The moment they got there, Steven was shooting the shot of the little race cars, and from there the damn thing blossomed on its own and started becoming its own legend. Really, that is my knowledge of it, because I was making the movie and then I started hearing all this stuff after it was finished. I really can't set the record much straighter than that, because Steven did write the screenplay and there are other credits on there, but it came down to Steven and myself sitting at his house.”