Filmmaker Stuart Gordon Passes at Age 72

by Larry Dwyer

A pioneer of experimental theater in the late 1960’s, Stuart Gordon will best be remembered for his contributions to our beloved horror genre. Gordon rose to prominence in 1985 when he partnered with his friend/producer Brian Yuzna on an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s 1922 novelette Herbert West-Reanimator. What was originally meant to be a theatrical production, where Gordon’s comfort-zone was, was turned into a feature-length script and a legendary film was born.

From there, Stuart went on to direct such horror gems as From Beyond and Dolls before showing his chops elsewhere by writing the hit film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids starring Rick Moranis. It wasn’t long before Stuart returned to the world of bizarre with films like Castle Freak and Space Truckers.

A tweet from actress Barbara Crampton, who appeared in several Stuart Gordon films, speaks to the talent we lost:

An enormous talent, vibrant & boundary breaking, his work was in a class by itself. He created countless moments on film which were at once, funny, scary, daring & smart. He gave me my career. I lost a dear friend. I’m heartbroken. No words can do him justice. RIP Stuart Gordon

Rest in power, sir.

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