He was one of the strongest names in independent horror cinema and an avowed admirer of Lovecraft’s work, which he honored in his films.
Stuart Gordon, director of cult horror movies like “Re-Animator” and “Infernal Fortress” has passed away at the age of 72, according to his relatives announced to the magazine “Variety” . Known for his contribution to independent horror cinema, Stuart Gordon also forged a career in television and theater, a discipline in which he majored at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Big fan of HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, adapted several of the works of these authors. In the early 2000s, he was offered carte blanche to direct two episodes of “Masters of Horror,” an anthology series featuring fear masters such as John Carpenter, Joe Dante, Tobe Hooper, and Dario Argento. Gordon also had a career in genres as varied as thriller or comedy. In fact for Disney he collaborated on the script for “Honey, I have shrunk the boy” and was executive producer of its sequel, “Honey, I have enlarged the boy”, along with his friend Brian Yuznam, both in the 90s.
Outside of cinema and television he founded several theatrical companies with his wife Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, who, as a curiosity, had a habit of “killing” in his films. He became known on stage for his experimental and controversial pieces. In 2014, he won a Stage Raw Award for his work based on a true “Taste” story, based on Rotenburg cannibal Armin Heiwes, in which one man agrees to be devoured by another. Last November it was announced that Gordon’s biography, “Naked, Theater and Uncensored Horror” will be released later this year..