We are devastated by the news that Stuart Gordon — director of cinematic H.P. Lovecraft adaptations Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon, Castle Freak and Dreams in the Witch House, as well as dozens of films across multiple genres — has passed away.
After forming Chicago’s Organic Theater Company (for which he wrote and directed many often-controversial plays, including the science fiction tale Warp) with wife Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Stuart eventually transitioned his talents into filmmaking, collaborating with producer Brian Yuzna and frequent writing collaborator Dennis Paoli on the 1985 classic Re-Animator, which scored the first major hit for Charles Band’s company Empire Pictures.
Since that auspicious beginning, Gordon went on to write and direct cult favorites like Dolls, The Pit and the Pendulum, Stuck, King of the Ants and the screen adaptation of David Mamet’s play Edmond. He directed two episodes for Showtime’s Masters of Horror anthology series: the aforementioned Dreams in the Witch House and a fanciful adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat. He also wrote the screenplay (with Paoli) for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids — one of Disney’s most profitable films of the ’80s. He later adapted Re-Animator into an award-winning stage musical-comedy, which has been performed multiple times across the USA to rave reviews.
Please join us in honoring Gordon’s legacy, as he’s gifted us with some of horror cinema’s most memorable and shocking moments. Be sure to celebrate his contribution to our beloved genre by watching some of his classic films.