Stuart Gordon, the American filmmaker, screenwriter, theatre director and playwright, has passed away at the age of 72.
While Gordon began his career in theatre, he is arguably best known for his cinematic work and his unrelenting admiration for the work of horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft—of which the filmmaker adapted a number of the author’s stories for the big screen.
While no details around his death have been released, the news was officially confirmed by Gordon’s family in a statement issued to Variety.
Gordon’s work has influenced many filmmakers since he released his brilliant debut project, Re-Animator, in 1985. The film arrived as a horror comedy which was loosely based on the 1922 H. P. Lovecraft novelette Herbert West–Reanimator and propelled Gordon into the eyes of many working within Hollywood. Quickly following it up, the director released films such as From Beyond, Dolls, Kid Safe: The Video and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in five prolific years.
Acclaimed film director Edgar Wright was quick to pay tribute, taking to social media to say: “Sorry to hear about the great Stuart Gordon passing. Along with his storied career in theatre and independent film, he is in the horror hall of hame forever for films like ‘From Beyond’ & the outrageous gem that is ‘Re-Animator’. Put a plaque up at Miskatonic University for him.”
Barbara Crampton added: “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.”
Gordon is survived by his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, daughters Suzanna, Jillian and Margaret Gordon and his four grandchildren.