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Stuart Gordon, Horror Filmmaker, Dies at 72

Stuart Gordon is probably best known for consistently killing his wife, actress Carolyn Purdy-Gordon in several of his films.

Stuart Gordon started his film directing career in 1985. He joined with Brian Yuzna and Charles Band’s Empire Pictures to create Re-Animator (1985), based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft, which won a Critics’ Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Gordon then directed another Lovecraft adaptation From Beyond (1986). He went on to direct The Dolls (1987) followed by Robot Jox (1989). Gordon co-created the story for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) a major hit for Disney. The same year, he directed the remake and more graphic version of The Pit and the Pendulum (1991). Some of his other works include Fortress (1992), and the screenplay for The Dentist (1996) and Body Snatchers (1993), which he co-wrote with his writing partner Dennis Paoli.

In 2001, Gordon returned to the world of H.P. Lovecraft with Dagon (2001), and in 2003, directed King of the Ants (2003), and brought the David Mamet play Edmond (2005) to the screen. He also contributed to the horror anthology series Masters of Horror (2005) with the episode “Dreams in the Witch House,” based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. He returned to the series in 2007 with the episode “The Black Cat,” based on Edgar Allan Poe’s story. And in 2008, he directed “Eater” for the NBC series Fear Itself (2008).

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