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As we mourn the loss of Stuart Gordon, our staff pays tribute to his diverse and influential body of work and his immeasurable contributions to the genre.

“I like shocking people, I like waking them up, making them see things in a new way and pay attention. – Stuart Gordon
Intro by The Angry Princess (Editor-in-Chief)

Since the beginning of his career, Stuart Gordon has been a risk taker, a visionary artist who was never afraid to shock and disrupt. He developed a love of drama at the University of Wisconsin. He started the Screw Theater, which made national news in 1968 when they performed a nude, psychedelic version of Peter Pan. He then went on to found the Organic Theater Company in Chicago, where he was artistic director for 15 years.

In 1985, he left Organic to direct Re-Animator, based on an H.P. Lovecraft horror story — a debut that announced a bold and original voice. Not only did it garner rave reviews, but it also gained him a following among gore hounds. He would then go on to adapt three more Lovecraft works for the big screen, as well as works by Edgar Allan Poe and Ray Bradbury.

But while Gordon may be best known for his gothic horror classics, his career highlights have included drama, camp, family-friendly comedy, and gritty thrillers.

Gordon’s influence on contemporary horror cannot be overstated. Not only has his creative genius influenced many of modern horror’s most acclaimed directors, but he was also a mentor to many and someone who was universally beloved, r