Bert I. Gordon–Cult Filmmaker In ’50s & ’60s–Passes Away

by Thomas Tuna

Bert I. Gordon–prolific monster moviemaker in the 1950s and ’60s–has passed away at the age of 100, according to a report in The New York Times.

Gordon–who made the transition from working in TV to the big screen after serving in World War II–wrote and directed his first feature film–The Cyclops–in 1957, a movie that starred Lon Chaney Jr. and Gloria Talbot.

The science fiction-horror craze of the ’50s was a boon for Gordon, as he wrote and helmed five more features between 1957 and 1958–including The Amazing Colossal Man, Beginning of the End, Earth vs. the Spider, War of the Colossal Beast and Attack of the Puppet People.

Gordon continued making films into the 1960s–even branching out into fantasy and adventure themes–but also directing such horror titles as Tormented, The Boy and the Pirates, The Magic Sword and Village of the Giants.

Gordon is survived by his wife, three daughters, six grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to Gordon’s family, friends and colleagues.


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