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Tobe Hooper is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Co-Producer, Editor, Music and Cinematography American born on 25 january 1943 at Austin (USA)

Tobe Hooper

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Birth name William Tobe Hooper
Nationality USA
Birth 25 january 1943 at Austin (USA)
Death 26 august 2017 (at 74 years)

William Tobe Hooper (born January 25, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for his work in the horror film genre. His 1974 film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, was described by Stuart Heritage of The Guardian as "one of the most influential films ever made".

Biography

En 1962, Tobe Hooper entre au département Radio-Television-Film de l'université du Texas. Il travaille également en tant que caméraman pour la station de télévision KLRN. Il est engagé afin de filmer un documentaire consacré au groupe folk Peter, Paul and Mary. En 1970, Hooper réalise Eggshells , un long métrage à petit budget. À cette occasion il fait la connaissance de Kim Henkel.

Tobe Hooper organise un casting qui réunit professeurs et élèves de son école. Avec Kim Henkel, il réalise Massacre à la tronçonneuse, film qui influence l'industrie du film d'horreur et reste aujourd'hui un classique du genre. Hooper s'inspire pour ce film de la vie d'Ed Gein, tueur nécrophile responsable du meurtre de plusieurs personnes dans les années 1950. En 1976, Tobe Hooper reforme l'équipe de ce film pour réaliser Le Crocodile de la mort (Eaten Alive en version originale), film d'horreur gore avec Mel Ferrer, William Finley et Marilyn Burns (l'actrice principale de Massacre à la tronçonneuse). Ce film conte l'histoire d'un gardien de motel donnant ses clients en pâture à son alligator. Dans ce même film, un rôle principal aida la carrière de Robert Englund à décoller et il retravailla avec Tobe Hooper à plusieurs reprises. Le Crocodile de la mort reçut de nombreux prix dans des festivals de films d'horreur.

En 1979, Tobe Hooper est choisi par les productions Film Ventures International pour réaliser The Dark, un thriller de science-fiction mais est remercié trois jours après le début du tournage et remplacé par John Cardos. Il a plus de chance la même année avec l'adaptation en feuilleton de Salem, le roman de Stephen King. En 1981, il réalise, pour Universal Pictures, Massacres dans le train fantôme. En 1982, il rencontre le succès quand Steven Spielberg le choisit pour réaliser une de ses productions, Poltergeist, qui devient rapidement un succès au box-office. Des rumeurs persistantes affirment que Steven Spielberg aurait réalisé une grande partie du film. Il est vrai que ce dernier monta et contrôla la plupart des éléments du film.

Poltergeist a peut-être plus de succès que Massacre à la tronçonneuse mais trois ans s'écoulent avant que Tobe Hooper ne retrouve enfin du travail. Il signe un contrat de trois ans avec Menahem Golan et Cannon Films, et réalise de nombreux films dont l'apocalyptique Lifeforce en 1985, L'invasion vient de mars en 1986, un remake de Les Envahisseurs de la planète rouge, et une suite à son premier film, Massacre à la tronçonneuse 2. Il réalise également deux films avec Robert Englund, Nuit de la Terreur en 1993 et The Mangler en 1995, ainsi que de nombreux épisodes pour des séries télévisées d'horreur comme Les Contes de la crypte. Il réalise aussi l'épisode pilote de Freddy, le cauchemar de vos nuits (Freddy's Nightmares), préquelle télévisée du film de Wes Craven, Les Griffes de la nuit. Malgré des critiques très favorables, son remake d'un classique du film d'horreur The Toolbox Murders sort directement en vidéo. Son film suivant, Mortuary a, en revanche, les honneurs d'une exploitation en salles dans l'Hexagone en 2005. Sa dernière réalisation, Djinn, a connu une post-production houleuse et ne sera distribuée qu'en 2016 (soit trois ans après la fin de son tournage) en DVD et Blu-ray en Allemagne puis aux États-Unis.

En 2017, il apparaît dans le film documentaire de Jean-Baptiste Thoret, We Blew It.

Best films

Poltergeist (1982)
(Director)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
(Original Film Writer)
Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)
(Characters)

Usually with

Kim Henkel
Kim Henkel
(10 films)
Daniel Pearl
Daniel Pearl
(3 films)
Marilyn Burns
Marilyn Burns
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Tobe Hooper (33 films)

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Actor

We Blew It
We Blew It (2017)
, 2h17
Directed by Jean-Baptiste Thoret
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Actors Ronee Blakley, Peter Bogdanovich, Charles Burnett, Tobe Hooper, Peter Hyams, Jeff Lieberman
Roles Self
Rating54% 2.72512.72512.72512.72512.7251
Jean-Baptiste Thoret revient sur les utopies des années 1960 et 1970 pour comprendre comment l'Amérique est passée d'Easy Rider à Donald Trump.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, 1h46
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Menahem Golan, Molly Ringwald, Yoram Globus, Dolph Lundgren, Bo Derek, Marina Sirtis
Roles Himself
Rating73% 3.6959653.6959653.6959653.6959653.695965
Mélangeant interviews, extraits de films et images d’archives, ce documentaire retrace l’histoire de la société de production Cannon Films, créée par Menahem Golan et Yoram Globus. Dans les années 1980, ces deux producteurs ont sans aucun doute produit les plus grands nanars du cinéma, s’emparant de force de la machine hollywoodienne, et changeant à jamais l’histoire du cinéma bis.
Body Bags
Body Bags (1993)
, 1h31
Directed by John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films, Comedy horror films
Actors Stacy Keach, David Warner, Sheena Easton, Mark Hamill, Twiggy, Robert Carradine
Roles Morgue Worker #2
Rating61% 3.050383.050383.050383.050383.05038
Prologue A creepy-looking coroner introduces three different horror tales involving his current work on cadavers in "body bags".
Sleepwalkers, 1h26
Directed by Mick Garris
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about families, Films about sexuality, Films about cats, Vampires in film, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige, Ron Perlman, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward
Roles Forensic Tech
Rating53% 2.656362.656362.656362.656362.65636
Charles Brady and his mother Mary are Sleepwalkers—nomadic, shapeshifting energy vampires who feed off the lifeforce of virgin women. Though they normally maintain a human form, they can transform (partially or fully) into human-sized bipedal werecats (presumably their natural form) at will. They are considerably more resilient than humans and have powers of both telekinesis and illusion. Their one weakness is cats, who are not only able to see through their illusions but whose claws are capable of inflicting severe to fatal wounds upon them. It is revealed that they also maintain an incestuous relationship.
Coming to America, 1h56
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Monde imaginaire
Actors Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair, John Amos
Roles Party Guest
Rating70% 3.54783.54783.54783.54783.5478
Akeem Joffer, the crown prince to the throne of the wealthy African nation of Zamunda, lives a pampered lifestyle with every daily facet performed by servants. Akeem has become fed up with this and wishes to do more for himself. The final straw comes when his parents, King Jaffe and Queen Aeoleon, present him with an arranged bride-to-be named Imani Izzi, whom he has never met and who has been trained to obey Akeem's every command. Akeem concocts a plan to travel to the United States to find an intelligent, independent-minded woman he can both love and respect, and who will love Akeem for who he is and not for his wealth and social status as a prince. Akeem and his best friend/personal aide, Semmi, flip a coin to decide between going to either Los Angeles or New York City, and end up going to New York City. They end up in the borough of Queens and rent a run-down apartment in the neighborhood of Long Island City, passing themselves off as poor foreign students. They begin working at a local fast food restaurant called McDowell's—an obvious ripoff of McDonald's—owned by widower Cleo McDowell and his two daughters, Lisa and Patrice.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, 1h40
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films, Comedy horror films
Actors Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley, Bill Johnson, Lou Perryman
Roles Man in Hotel Corridor
Rating56% 2.800522.800522.800522.800522.80052
The film takes place in 1986, 13 years after the events of the first film. It begins with Buzz and Rick, two rowdy high school seniors racing along an abandoned stretch of Texas highway, en route to a weekend of fun in Dallas. They are heavily intoxicated and use their car phone to call and harass on-air radio DJ Vanita "Stretch" Brock (Caroline Williams). Unable to convince them to hang up, Stretch is forced to keep the line open. Buzz and Rick encounter a large pickup truck which runs parallel to them on a remote bridge. Suddenly, Leatherface (Bill Johnson), wielding a chainsaw, emerges from the back of the truck and proceeds to attack Buzz and Rick. After a short struggle, Rick tries to shoot Leatherface with a .44 Magnum revolver, but misses his target. Leatherface then slices off part of the driving Buzz's head, and the car ends up crashing and killing Rick.

Director

Djinn
Djinn (2013)
, 1h25
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Genres Horror
Actors Aiysha Hart, Razane Jammal, Sophia Jawad, Soumaya Akaaboune
Rating43% 2.1573452.1573452.1573452.1573452.157345
Un jeune couple, Salama et Khalid, quittent les États-Unis pour retourner dans leur pays suite à un évènement tragique et très douloureux, arrivée sur place, Salama commence à se sentir mal et à changer.
Mortuary
Mortuary (2005)
, 1h34
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Medical-themed films, Zombie films, L'enfance marginalisée, Films about viral outbreaks, Films about school violence, Disaster films
Actors Dan Byrd, Alexandra Adi, Denise Crosby, Rocky Marquette, Courtney Peldon, Bug Hall
Rating41% 2.056392.056392.056392.056392.05639
After the loss of their father, the Doyle family – Leslie, Jonathan, and Jamie – move to the Fowler Mortuary in hope of starting a new life but find it in poor condition. Jonathan goes to the local diner where he meets Cal and his two girlfriends, Tina and Sara. Cal tells Jonathan about the legend of Bobby Fowler, an abused and deformed boy who lived in the mortuary. Jonathan also meets Liz, a local girl; Grady, Liz's best friend; and Rita, Liz's aunt, who employed her to work at the diner. Jonathan, Liz, and Grady become friends quickly. That night, Cal, Sara and Tina go to the graveyard outside the mortuary and vandalize it; they then go into one of the crypts, where they are attacked by Bobby Fowler.
Toolbox Murders, 1h35
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Angela Bettis, Marco Rodríguez, Rance Howard, Juliet Landau, Greg Travis, Adam Weisman
Rating53% 2.654092.654092.654092.654092.65409
Daisy Rain goes to her apartment in the Lusman Arms, a former luxury hotel undergoing renovations, and is beaten to death with a hammer by a man wearing a balaclava. In another room, new tenants Nell and Steven Barrows, a teacher and a medical intern, are introduced to the amenities and a few of the residents by Byron, the building manager. As Steven works long hours, Nell is left alone most of the time, and befriends Julia Cunningham, a neighbor down the hall, and Chas Rooker, an elderly man who reveals some of the history of the structure, mentioning it was made by Jack Lusman, who disappeared mysteriously, and that builders died while working on it.
Crocodile
Crocodile (2000)
, 1h33
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films, Giant monster films, Reptile, Disaster films
Actors Marti Pellow, Harrison Young, Terrence Evans, Adam Gierasch
Rating38% 1.928531.928531.928531.928531.92853
Eight teenagers, including Brady (Mark McLachlan), Claire (Caitlin Martin), Duncan (Chris Solari), Kit (D. W. Reiser), Annabelle (Julie Mintz), Sunny (Summer Knight), Foster (Rhett Jordan) and Hubs (Greg Wayne) are going on a weekend boat trip on a remote lake in Southern California for spring break. As the group are about to depart on their boat, they are warned by Sheriff Bowman (Harrison Young) to be sensible and keep out of danger. After a day of partying, the group have a bonfire, where Kit tells them a local story about how in the early 1900s, 96 years ago, a hotel owner named Harlan featured a crocodile named Flat Dog at his hotel. He goes on to say that Harlan eventually sets up a shrine to Flat Dog, believing her to be an avatar to the ancient Egyptian crocodile god (Sobek), creating a cult that worshiped the crocodile. The town eventually ran Harlan away because of his heathenism and torched his hotel years later when Kit was a kid. Close by, two local fishermen destroy a crocodile nest, only for them both to be attacked by Flat Dog, who devours them both.
The Apartment Complex, 1h49
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Chad Lowe, Tyra Banks, Fay Masterson, Obba Babatundé, Patrick Warburton, Amanda Plummer
Rating52% 2.6181752.6181752.6181752.6181752.618175
The film involves a man named Stan who becomes the manager of an apartment complex with strange tenants, after the previous manager disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Things go downhill after he discovers a corpse in the complex's pool and is accused of murder. More bizarre events occur until he finds his life (and his sanity) in danger, and the tenants just may be his only hope.
The Mangler, 1h46
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror
Actors Robert Englund, Ted Levine
Rating43% 2.1575252.1575252.1575252.1575252.157525
The Mangler, in Gartley's Blue Ribbon Laundry service, is a laundry press owned by Bill Gartley (Englund). The trouble starts when Gartley's niece, Sherry, cuts herself on a lever connected to the machine and splashes blood on the Mangler's tread while trying to avoid being crushed by an old ice box some movers are clumsily carrying past. Sparks and light streams occur when both the blood and the ice box come into close contact with the Mangler. Later, an elderly worker, struggling to open a bottle of antacids, spills them on the moving tread of the Mangler. When she attempts to collect them, the safety shield inexplicably lifts up and traps her hand inside, followed by her entire body getting pulled into the machine.
Body Bags
Body Bags (1993)
, 1h31
Directed by John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films, Comedy horror films
Actors Stacy Keach, David Warner, Sheena Easton, Mark Hamill, Twiggy, Robert Carradine
Rating61% 3.050383.050383.050383.050383.05038
Prologue A creepy-looking coroner introduces three different horror tales involving his current work on cadavers in "body bags".
Night Terrors, 1h38
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Themes Films about writers, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Robert Englund, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Chandra West, Alona Kimhi, Zoe Trilling, William Finley
Rating35% 1.7673451.7673451.7673451.7673451.767345
A young girl travels to Cairo to visit her father, and becomes unwillingly involved with a bizarre sadomasochistic cult led by the charismatic Paul Chevalier, who is a descendant of the Marquis de Sade.