Gossip website TMZ specializes in salacious materials involving celebrities, but a recent story is no joke. Texas Chainsaw Massacre/Poltergeist director Tobe Hooper, one of the most lauded and influential filmmakers of horror, is embroiled in domestic violence accusations. But before you sharpen your pitchforks and light your torches, take note: Hooper is the victim, recently thrashed by a much younger live-in girlfriend.
Domestic Violence is not an unusual theme of horror movies, as it’s an issue that affects millions worldwide. But in most cases, the formula consists of a man abusing a woman. Hooper’s situation is a reminder that men can also be victims of domestic violence. While the director didn’t make his current situation public himself, we mustn’t allow Hooper to become a punchline. To do so is to invalidate the serious, life-altering effects of domestic abuse.
The 74-year-old [director] was allegedly attacked by 36-year-old Rebecca Hodges 2 weeks ago, and was left with a battered face. Hooper claims there was another altercation in April where Hodges also punched him in the face. According to the docs … the 2 used to date and live together, and Hooper’s accusations against Hodges were enough to get a judge to order her to stay 100 yards away from him.
All of us here at Horror Freak News wish Hooper a speedy recovery.