Eaten Alive at a Chainsaw Massacre: The Films of Tobe Hooper

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McFarland, Jul 11, 2015 - Performing Arts - 206 pages
The sound of chainsaws revving on "haunted" Halloween trails has evoked untold screams since Tobe Hooper's 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre hit the cinemas. Since that first take-no-prisoners horror movie, Hooper's reputation as a master of horror has been secured by his adaptations of Stephen King (Salem's Lot, 1978, and The Mangler, 1995), his blockbuster breakthrough Poltergeist (1982) and a variety of cult hits, from the underrated Lifeforce (1985) to the remake of Invaders from Mars (1986). This reference work is divided into five parts. Part I provides a history and overview of Tobe Hooper's career. Part II offers entries (with synopses, complete credits, critical reception and commentaries) on every feature film by year of release. Part III provides chronological information on Hooper's television movies and miniseries. Part IV offers entries on his episodes from horror television series. Part V is a critical essay and conclusion which places Hooper in horror film history and compares his work to all-time greats such as Romero, Craven and Carpenter.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A History and Overview of Tobe Hoopers Career
9
The Feature Films of Tobe Hooper
49
Television Movies and Miniseries
141
Genre Television Series
163
Conclusion
177
Recurring Characters Imagery and Themes
179
Mr Homage
183
Ranking the FeatureLength and Television Films
185
Notes
187
Bibliography
191
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John Kenneth Muir is the author of more than 20 reference books covering science fiction and horror on film and television. He is creator of the Internet sci-fi series The House Between (www.thehousebetween.com) and his popular blog can be found at reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com.

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