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.
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.
|1974||The Texas Chain Saw Massacre||Writer|
|1977||Eaten Alive||Writer (adaptation)|
|1983||Last Night at the Alamo||Writer|
|1994||Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation||Writer, director|
|1995||Doc's Full Service||Writer|
|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|