Lifetime Achievement Award: Tobe Hooper
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.
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