John Hough (born 21 November 1941) is a British film and television director. He is primarily known for his suspense films of the 1970s and 1980s, including Twins of Evil (1971), The Legend of Hell House (1973), Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, The Incubus (1982) and American Gothic (1988).
|Born||21 November 1941|
After many credits as a second unit director on The Baron, The Avengers and The Champions, he took his first job as a director on the 1968 season of The Avengers, directing episodes such as "Super Secret Cypher Snatch" and "Homicide and Old Lace".
"ITC was a very special place to work in", he said later. "And the people cared. Instead of asking you to do it quicker and with less quality, they'd push you to excel yourself. It was creative and interesting, but very disciplined. It was like Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel on a nine-to-five contract."
His TV work led to a TV pilot for a proposed Robin Hood TV show, Wolfshead: The Legend of Robin Hood in 1969. Even though the series never materialised, the pilot was picked up by Hammer Films, which distributed it theatrically.
"That one sank without trace", Hough recalled in the notes for his biography on the DVD of his 1980 film The Watcher in the Woods, "but in 1970 a Hollywood producer named Paul Maslanksy came over here looking for a new director to work on a remake of The Window (1949), in which a young boy is the sole witness to a murder and is then tracked down by the assassin."
Hough moved to Hollywood, where he directed various movies whilst wanting to direct for Disney. He directed Escape to Witch Mountain which was successful and Watcher In The Woods for Disney, which was less unsuccessful.
His big success came with Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry but other films were not so well received. He then hit an unexpected slump as projects failed to materialise. He made no films for three years. "I had to sort of rebuild my career again", he said.”
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|1962||The Scales of Justice||Boom assistant|
|1964||The Bargee||Third assistant director|
|1965||The Man in a Looking Glass||Second unit director|
|1966–1967||The Baron||Second unit director||Television series|
|1968–1969||The Avengers||Second unit director, director||Television series|
|1968–1969||The Champions||Second unit director||Television series|
|1969||Wolfshead: The Legend of Robin Hood||Director|
|1971||Twins of Evil||Director|
|1972–1974||The Protectors||Director||Television series|
|1973||The Legend of Hell House||Director|
|1974||The Zoo Gang||Director||Television series|
|1974||Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry||Director|
|1975||Escape to Witch Mountain||Director|
|1976||The New Avengers||Director||Television series; episode: "Cat Amongst the Pigeons"|
|1978||Return from Witch Mountain||Director|
|1980||The Watcher in the Woods||Director|
|1982||The Triumphs of a Man Called Horse||Director|
|1984||Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense Associate producer, director||Television series|
|1986||Dempsey and Makepeace||Director||Television series; episode: "Extreme Prejudice"|
|1987||A Hazard of Hearts||Producer, director||Television film|
|1988||Howling IV: The Original Nightmare||Director|
|1989||The Lady and the Highwayman||Producer, director||Television film|
|1990||A Ghost in Monte Carlo (1990)||Producer, director||Television film|
|1991||Duel of Hearts||Producer, director||Television film|
|1994||Omnibus||Producer||Television series; episode: "Joan Littlewood's Lovely War"|
|1998||Something to Believe In||Director, writer, producer||Television film|
|1998||What's a Carry On?||Executive producer||Documentary film|
|1999||Lovely War||Producer||Documentary film|
|2000||Mr. Thunderbird: The Gerry Anderson Story||Executive producer||Documentary film|
|2002||The Backyard||Executive producer||Documentary film|
|2003||The Human Race||Executive producer|
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