William Tobe Hooper is a popular film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for directing The Texas Chain Saw Massacre released in 1974.


Tobe Hooper came from Austin, Texas. He lived with his mother, Lois Belle, and his father, Norman William Ray Hooper who was a theater owner.

At the age of 9, Hooper was already interested in making films. He would often use his father’s 8 mm camera in shooting his earliest projects. Then when he grew older, Hooper went to University of Texas and took up Radio-Television-Film courses. He also took up drama classes under the tutelage of Baruch Lumet.

During the 1960s, he worked as a college professor and cameraman. He was able to create a short film entitled The Heisters in 1965 but he wasn’t able to finish it on schedule and enter it in the short subject category in the Oscars.


In 1974, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre came out in theaters. Hooper would also direct The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2 which would eventually hit the theaters in 1986.

In 1982, Hooper directed another horror movie, Poltergeist. Over the years, Hooper continued directing a number of films such as Lifeforce (1985), Invaders from Mars (1986), Spontaneous Combustion (1990), I’m Dangerous Tonight (1990), Night Terrors (1993), Body Bags (1993), The Mangler (1995), Toolbox Murders (2004), and Djinn (2013).

Hooper also directed some TV movies like Salem’s Lot and Dance of the Dead (Masters of Horror) and became one of the directors of other TV series or anthologies like Amazing Stories (1987), Freddy’s Nightmares (1988), Tales from the Crypt (1991), Dark Skies (1997), Perversions of Science (1997), The Others (2000), Night Visions (2002), and Taken (2002).