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Stuart Gordon

Lowest Rated:   0% The Dentist (1996)
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Birthplace:   Chicago, Illinois, USA
With the release of his two best known films, Re-Animator (1985) and From Beyond (1986), both of which are blood-soaked low-budget extravaganzas based on the work of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, filmmaker Stuart Gordon gained a cult following as one of his generation's most creative horror directors. Though aficionados can appreciate his facility and willingness to use plenty of gut-wrenchingly gory special effects, it is the perverse humorous twists that he adds to his tales that have made him a favorite among connoisseurs. A native of Chicago, Gordon grew up with a passion for art that led him to enroll in the Lane Technical High School as an art major. After graduation, he spent six months working as a commercial artist before enrolling at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. There, he became interested in theater and, though he started out on stage in a production of Marat/Sade, Gordon's interests led him behind the curtain where he wrote, directed, and produced plays. From the beginning, Gordon showed little interest in staging the ordinary or routine. Dissatisfied with college theater, he moved off-campus to launch the Organic Theater, making his debut with a controversial (it was rumored to contain nudity) rendering of Richard III that was shut down by concerned police. Such early obstacles did nothing to prevent him from continuing to test the limits of theater and many of his adaptations of classical plays featured graphic simulated acts of rape, murder, and mutilation. He liked to involve audiences in his work and devised several creative ways of doing so, including a production of Hamlet in which audience members sat on rolling bleachers. Among the Organic Theater's most popular productions was Sexual Perversity in Chicago, the play that established writer David Mamet. Actually, the piece was comprised of two short Mamet plays that Gordon combined. Gordon's entry into feature films resulted from the success of a filmed version of another Organic Theater hit, Bleacher Bums. The show won a local Emmy for best direction in Chicago. His first television show, E/R (not to be confused with the 1990s medical drama ER) starred Elliot Gould. A humorous look at a busy hospital emergency room, it was produced by Norman Lear's company. The show only aired for a few months. Gordon next tried interesting networks in a series based on an obscure Lovecraft tale, Herbert West -- Reanimator, but found no takers. It was friend and colleague Brian Yuzna who convinced Gordon that the story was better suited to the big screen. Though he had no experience with film, Gordon set out to make Re-Animator. Utilizing his commercial art background and his large bag of theatrical tricks in lieu of expensive optical special effects, he created a creepy, comical, and outrageous film that, though only loosely based on Lovecraft's original, was surprisingly effective. It was an international hit, earning acclaim and a critic's award at the Cannes Film Festival and the honor of being the first horror film to be included in the London Film Festival. Though he technically completed the low-budget horror-comedy The Dolls (released in 1987) first, it is his second Lovecraft-based film From Beyond (1986) that is credited as Gordon's second film. While generally considered less outrageous, it also generated a cult following. Gordon's subsequent output has been of uneven quality and encompasses sci-fi and fantasy. In addition to creating loose adaptations of horror classics, Gordon was also interested in creating films oriented towards children. With help from Yuzna and screenwriter Ed Naha, he collaborated on an idea for a film in which a group of kids are accidentally shrunk down to insect size and stranded in their own backyard, which suddenly becomes a wilderness of giant grass and monstrous bugs. The project had actually begun when Gordon fell ill and had to stop. Though it was originally to be called Teeny Weenies, the film was retitled Honey, I Sh

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
80% Out of Print
  • Actor
2016
89% Doc Of The Dead
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Direct Your Own Damn Movie!
  • Actor
2009
72% Stuck
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2008
No Score Yet Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown
  • Actor
2008
100% Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2007
46% Edmond
  • Producer
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2005
No Score Yet King of the Ants
  • Director
  • Producer
2003
No Score Yet Deathbed
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2002
65% Bread and Roses
  • Himself (uncredited)
2001
56% Dagon
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Susan's Plan
  • Actor
2000
84% Ratcatcher
  • Tommy
1999
No Score Yet Progeny
  • Executive Producer
1998
80% The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
  • Director
  • Producer
1998
9% Space Truckers
  • Producer
  • Director
1997
0% The Dentist
  • Screenwriter
1996
No Score Yet Robo Warriors
  • Screenwriter
1996
63% Castle Freak
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1995
40% Fortress
  • Director
1993
71% Body Snatchers
  • Screenwriter
1993
41% Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
  • Producer
1992
56% The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet The Arrival
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Daughter of Darkness
  • Director
1990
75% Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Producer
1989
No Score Yet Robot Jox
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1989
58% Dolls
  • Director
1987
73% From Beyond
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
94% Re-Animator
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1985
No Score Yet Dagon
  • Director
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2011

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