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Kim Henkel

Kim Henkel

American film director, producer and screenwriter
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Intro American film director, producer and screenwriter
Countries United States of America
Occupations Screenwriter Film producer Film director Actor
A.K.A. 金·漢高爾
Gender male
Birth January 19, 1946 (United States of America)
Education University of Texas at Austin
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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.

Early life

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


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). 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.

He has been a lecturer in screenwriting at Rice University, and is currently producing the horror film Found Footage 3D.


As screenwriter

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

Acting credits

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
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