We’ve got some sad news to report this week that is sure to hit genre movie fans particularly hard. Stuart Gordon, the writer and director behind such cult classics as Re-Animator and From Beyond, has reportedly passed away. In addition to his contributions to the horror genre, he also was one of the creators of Disney’s Honey I Shrunk the Kids franchise and had a history with experimental theatre as well. The cause of death was not disclosed. Gordon was 72 years old.
Stuart Gordon got his start in the late ’60s at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he founded the Screw Theater. After some of his early productions proved to be too controversial for the university, he cut ties with them and founded the Chicago Organic Theater Company with his wife Carolyn Purdy-Gordon instead. One of their productions, Bleacher Bums, was filmed for PBS and became Gordon’s first screen credit until he teamed up with producer Brian Yuzna and directed Re-Animator in 1985.
From there, Gordon went on to direct several ’80s cult classics including From Beyond, Dolls and Robot Jox, ending the decade off by coming up with the idea for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids with the help of Yuzna and writer Ed Naha and selling it to Disney. Throughout the ’90s and 2000s he continued to direct genre movies before getting back into theatre and coming full circle with Re-Animator: The Musical. His final film was 2007’s Stuck, although he also directed episodes of Masters of Horror and Fear Itself. What are your favourite Stuart Gordon movies?