Stuart Gordon, director of cult hits such as Re-Animator, Dolls, Dagon, Fortress and From Beyond, has sadly passed away at the age of 72.
As a skilled writer and director, who often brought Lovecraftian horror to the screen, Gordon regularly cast Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton in his movies.
Horror actors and directors alike have shared their memories of Gordon as we lose yet another member of the horror family.
Stuart Gordon is survived by his wife Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, who also starred in a number of his films, and their three children.
At the first “Masters of Horror” dinner, Stuart said something which resonated with every horror filmmaker: "Horror films are a rehearsal for our own deaths." In eight words he answered why we make them and watch them. Stuart, you made the finest. RIP, my friend. #StuartGordon pic.twitter.com/QQAHRXCOhT
— Don Coscarelli (@DonCoscarelli) March 25, 2020
Director of REANIMATOR has died. #StuartGordon was a master of his (Love)craft, whose mad movies became part of my childhood currency, passed from friend to friend with an awed “You *have* to see this!” He even made it into my creative DNA: there is no @tuskthemovie without him. pic.twitter.com/mhiA8to2WE
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 25, 2020
RIP to a legend of theater as well as horror cinema, and a really nice guy. My impression was that no matter the situation, he always tried to take care of everyone. #StuartGordon https://t.co/XKT1bOPaCZ
— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) March 25, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/Uv56Bc4Isd
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) March 25, 2020
The film world lost a master and many lost a dear friend. As a filmmaker he was bold, brash and brave. He was a true visionary. As a friend he was kind, gentle and always encouraging. He was like a brother to me. I am flooded with golden memories of Stu. Sympathies to his family. pic.twitter.com/rSQPzkkxb1
— jeffrey combs (@jeffreycombs) March 25, 2020
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
— Barbara Crampton (@barbaracrampton) March 25, 2020
Stuart Gordon was not only a brilliant filmmaker but an incredibly gracious human. He attended an early screening of A Horrible Way to Die and was quite kind about it, which was the only reason Adam and I had the confidence to try to cast Barbara Crampton in You’re Next. R.I.P.
— Simon Barrett (@Simon_Barrett) March 25, 2020
Four fantastic Stuart Gordon movies that aren't RE-ANIMATOR. pic.twitter.com/xnllWlmygo
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) March 25, 2020