Stuart Gordon: Iconic FIlmmaker Behind Re-Animator And From Beyond Dies At 72

“That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” – H.P. Lovecraft

Stuart Gordon has passed away at the age of 72. Variety broke the news earlier today, but details about how he passed have not been shared by his family.

Gordon is best known for his 1985 debut feature Re-Animator, based on H. P. Lovecraft’s 1922 novelette Herbert West–Reanimator. The film starred Jeffrey Combs as a medical student who finds a way to bring the dead back to life and also helped launch Barbara Crampton to cult stardom. Well-received by critics and audiences, the film spawned two sequels starring Combs as well as a 2011 stage adaptation Re-Animator: The Musical.

The filmmaker followed up this success with two more adaptations of Lovecraft’s writing starring Combs and Crampton, with 1986’s From Beyond and 1995’s Castle Freak, the latter of which is getting a remake this year. Other Lovecraft adaptations include 2001’s Dagon and the Masters of Horror episode “Dreams In the Witch-House.” Like his friend and fellow filmmaker Brian Yuzna, Gordon was a huge fan of H. P. Lovecraft and is commonly associated with the big screen adaptions of the iconic horror writer’s work.

Many of his other genre work includes being the co-creator of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise, for which he shared a story credit and producer title for the film’s sequel as well as directing an episode of the TV spin-off.

Later, he directed a film adaption of David Mamet’s Edmond, starring William H. Macy. Gordon had a varied career that included founding the Organic Theater Company with his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon. The Organic premiered such prominent works as Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Bleacher Bums, which starred Dennis Franz and Joe Mantegna.

Many fans and collaborators have taken to twitter to voice their memories and condolences to the iconic genre filmmaker including super fan Edgar Wright.

Stuart Gordon is survived by his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, daughters Suzanna, Jillian and Margaret Gordon, four grandchildren and his brother, David George Gordon.

Source: Empire International, Arrow Video,
Full Moon Entertainment, Disney, and Flickr

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