Some startling and extremely sad news to report this early morning as Re-Animator director and fellow Chicagoan Stuart Gordon has died at the too-young age of 72!
The sad news has been all over social media for the last couple of hours but had not been verified until Variety confirmed the report from Gordon’s family.
This one is an unusually hard one to report as I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and interviewing Gordon several years ago.
Stuart Gordon was the filmmaker who put H.P. Lovecraft on the proverbial map in the early ’80s with his adaptations of Re-Animator (1985), From Beyond (1986), Castle Freak (1995), Dagon (2001), and a TV episode of Masters Of Horror in which he directed Dreams in the Witch-House (2005).
His other horror outings included films such as Dolls (1987), The Pit and the Pendulum (1991). He ventured into sci-fi territory with the films Robot Jox (1989), Fortress (1992), and Space Truckers (1996).
Gordon wasn’t just a one-trick-pony known for only genre films. He also was a co-creator of the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise for Disney, for which he shared a story credit, and produced the film’s sequel and directed an episode of the TV spin-off.
More recently, Gordon worked in the theater in L.A. in which he directed the one-man show of Nevermore…An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe, which starred his Re-Animator star Jeffrey Combs. He also directed and co-wrote the book for Re-Animator: The Musical.
Originally from Chicago, Gordon came up in the theater business founding the Organic Theater Company with his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, daughters Suzanna, Jillian and Margaret Gordon, four grandchildren and his brother, David George Gordon.
Stuart Gordon was illustrious in the horror world and revered by anyone who knew him or worked with him over the years. He was such a kind and gentle soul, an instantly likable guy. There were not many creators like Gordon in Hollywood. The term “legend” and “icon” get thrown around a lot these days but those terms truly fit a filmmaker like Gordon.
It’s a sad day in the horror world. Stuart Gordon was one of a kind who influenced a slew of writers and directors even today but is legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of his countless fans around the world.
All of us at Horror Patch are deeply saddened and wish to offer our sincerest condolences to Stuart Gordon’s family and friends!
R.I.P. Stuart Gordon Born: August 11, 1947 – Died: March 24, 2020