Lifetime Achievement Award: Tobe Hooper

USA



In 1974, Austin-based former professor and documentary cameraman Tobe Hooper assembled a team comprised mostly of fellow faculty members and recent students and essentially gave birth to the modern horror film. Viscerally frightening, bursting with dark social commentary and an even darker sense of humour that would become one of Hooper’s staples, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remains a seminal work in American cinema. The influence it had on the genre landscape was transformative.

In the years that followed, Tobe Hooper reshaped what televised horror could be with his terrifying mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s SALEM’S LOT, and was an architect of the trend of blockbuster supernatural horrors with which to traumatize entire families with POLTERGEIST. His ensuing list of individualistic genre film accomplishments is considerable and today, at the age of 71, he continues to explore the fantastic with vigour.

From his bold themes and Grand Guignol sensibilities to his brilliant use of close-ups, cutting and sound, Tobe Hooper’s approach to storytelling is daring, singular and ferociously cinematic. It’s impossible to imagine what the genre might be like today had this imaginative professor simply stayed on campus.

We are proud to present Tobe Hooper with a Lifetime Achievement Award on the 40th anniversary of his influential breakout.



Selected Filmography


EGGSHELLS - 1969

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE - 1974

EATEN ALIVE - 1977

SALEM’S LOT (CBS TV Mini-Series) - 1979

THE FUNHOUSE - 1981

POLTERGEIST - 1982

LIFEFORCE - 1985

INVADERS FROM MARS - 1986

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 - 1986

SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION - 1990

NIGHT TERRORS - 1993

THE MANGLER - 1995

TOOLBOX MURDERS - 2004

MORTUARY - 2005

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