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Kim David Henkel (born January 19, 1946) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor. He is best known as the co-writer of Tobe Hooper's horror film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Kim Henkel
Born (1946-01-19) January 19, 1946 (age 73)
Virginia, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Texas, Austin
OccupationScreenwriter, film director, film producer
Known forCo-writer of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Early lifeEdit

Henkel was born in Virginia and grew up in several small towns in South Texas. He began his university studies at the University of Texas at Austin[1] in 1964 majoring in English. He graduated in 1969. Mutual friends introduced Henkel to Tobe Hooper and Henkel acted in Hooper's first feature film, Eggshells (1969).[2]


Henkel and Hooper co-wrote the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre screenplay. Henkel both wrote and directed a sequel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994).[3] He also wrote and co-produced the Eagle Pennell classic Last Night at the Alamo (1983) as well as the adaptation for Hooper's Eaten Alive (1977).

Henkel returned to the horror genre in 2010 with another tale of cannibals titled Butcher Boys (2011), which was co-directed by two of his former film students Duane Graves and Justin Meeks. Henkel had previously worked with the pair as a producer on their debut feature The Wild Man of the Navidad.[4] Most recently, he produced the horror film Found Footage 3D,[5][6][7] which was released on the horror streaming service Shudder in 2017.

He has been a lecturer in screenwriting at Rice University.


As screenwriterEdit

Year Title Credit Notes
1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Writer
1977 Eaten Alive Writer (adaptation)
1980 The Unseen Story Uncredited
1983 Last Night at the Alamo Writer
1994 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Writer, director
1995 Doc's Full Service Writer
2012 Butcher Boys Writer
2016 Found Footage 3D Producer

Acting creditsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Eggshells Toes
1983 Last Night at the Alamo Lionel
2004 Rio Peligroso: A Day in the Life of a Legendary Coyote Voice role
2008 The Wild Man of the Navidad Radio Host / Lionel


  1. ^ Bloom, John (November 2004). "They Came. They Sawed". Texas Monthly.
  2. ^ Alison Macor. Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas University of Texas Press: Austin, 2010.
  3. ^ Squires, John (July 22, 2014). "HL Exclusive: Writer/Director Kim Henkel Reveals Secrets of 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation'". Halloween Love. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  4. ^ O'Connell, Joe (November 26, 2010). "'Boneboys' cannibal comedy traces roots back to 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre'". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "Found Footage 3D Makes First Casting Announcement". Dread Central. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  6. ^ "Making A Killer Movie: Interview with Steve DeGennaro". Cult Movie Mania. January 24, 2014. Archived from the original on May 17, 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Miska, Brad (January 8, 2014). "'Found Footage 3D' To Begin Shooting This May". Bloody-Disgusting. Retrieved December 29, 2016.

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