Stuart Gordon

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Best known to genre buffs as the adroit filmmaker behind the giddily gory H. P. Lovecraft adaptations, "Re-Animator" (1985) and "From Beyond" (1986), Gordon also boasts a significant theatrical background and other film ... Read more »
Born: 08/10/1947 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (16)

Stuck 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

Dagon 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Progeny 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves 1997 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Space Truckers 1997 (Movie)

(From Story)

Space Truckers 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Castle Freak 1995 (Movie)

(From Story)

Robo Warriors 1995 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Body Snatchers 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid 1992 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Robot Jox 1990 (Movie)

(From Story)

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids 1989 (Movie)

(From Story)

From Beyond 1986 (Movie)

story adaptation (Story By)

Re-Animator 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dentist (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Dentist II (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material
Director (16)

Fear Itself 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Stuck 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Masters of Horror 2005, 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Edmond 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

King Of The Ants 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Dagon 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Space Truckers 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Castle Freak 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Fortress 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pit and the Pendulum 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Robot Jox 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Dolls 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

From Beyond 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Re-Animator 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Daughter of Darkness (TV Show)

Director
Producer (8)

Stuck 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Edmond 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

King Of The Ants 2003 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Progeny 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Space Truckers 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bleacher Bums (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer
Actor (4)

Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boogeymen II: Masters of Horror 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Bread and Roses 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

Best known to genre buffs as the adroit filmmaker behind the giddily gory H. P. Lovecraft adaptations, "Re-Animator" (1985) and "From Beyond" (1986), Gordon also boasts a significant theatrical background and other film credits ranging from direct-to-video genre fodder to bonafide Hollywood blockbusters. Gordon was the co-founder and longtime artistic director (1969-85) of Chicago's Organic Theater Company, where he directed 35 plays, including the world premiere of David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" and the long-running "Bleacher Bums".

Relationships

Jillian Bess Gordon

Daughter

Margaret Berni Gordon

Daughter

Suzanna Katherine Gordon

Daughter

Bernard Gordon

Father
with the Helene Curtis company (cosmetics toiletries)

Rosalie Gordon

Mother

Carolyn Purdy-Gordon

Wife
married December 20, 1968

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin at Madison

Madison , Wisconsin 1965 - 1969

Milestones

1992

Executive produced "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid" (also received co-creator credit)

1990

TV directorial debut, "Daughter of Darkness"

1989

Co-wrote, with Brian Yuzna and Ed Naha, the story for "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"

1985

Feature directing and screenwriting debut, "Re-Animator"

1984

Served as a consultant for the short-lived CBS medical sitcom based on "E/R"

1982

Co-wrote (with Ronald Berman and others) "E/R"; directed the Chicago production

1980

Wrote (with wife Carolyn Purdy-Gordon) "The Little Sister", adapted from Raymond Chandler's novel; directed Chicago production

1979

TV directing debut, helmed (with Pat Denny) the PBS production of "Bleacher Bums"

1978

Directed the NYC productions of "Bleacher Bums" at Performing Garage and American Place Theater

1977

Wrote (with Joe Mantagna and others) "Bleacher Bums"; directed the Chicago production

1975

Toured Europe with Organic Theater Company production of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"; toured the US the following year

1974

Toured Europe with "Bloody Bess" and "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit", both productions of the Organic Theater Company

1974

Directed the world premiere of David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" for the Organic Theater Company at the Uptown Center Theater in Chicago

1973

Directed "Warp" in NYC at the Ambassador Theater

1968

Served as the artistic director and a producing director at the the Organic Theater Company

1968

Co-founded the Organic Theater Company in Madison and subsequently Chicago

1968

Founded the Broom Street Theater in Madison, WI

Worked in a commercial art studio for six months

Wrote (with Bury St. Edmund) "Warp", a science fiction play originally produced by the Organic Theater Company at the Body Politic Theater in Chicago (also directed)

Directed 35 original plays and adaptations

Bonus Trivia

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Gordon is a member and past director of the League of Chicago Theaters.

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Gordon is a member and past director of the Theater Communications Group.

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Gordon received a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (c. 1978).

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Gordon has received Joseph Jefferson Awards for his writing and directing on the Chicago stage.

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The PBS presentation of "Bleacher Bums" won a local Chicago Emmy.

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A theatrical production of "Peter Pan" staged by a student named Stuart Gordon caught the mood of the isthmus. In Gordon's interpretation, Peter Pan was a hippie, Tinker Bell was gay, Captain Hook and his pirates were police, the three Darling children were the last straight kids in America, and the voyage to Never-Never Land was an acid trip portrayed by a half-hour light show in which half a dozen nude co-eds danced hypnotically to Iron Butterfly's "Inna gadda da vida." Threatened with prosecution by Dane County District Attorney James Boll, Gordon mounted the production behind locked doors in Commerce Hall. On an evening that summed up America in 1968, make-believe cops and hippies went at it on stage while real police pounded on the doors with warrants for the arrest of the producer and his nubile cast.--From "Rads" by Tom Banks (New York: Harper, Collins, 1992)

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"Gordon's first film is pure splatstick, a knockabout zombie gorefest played dead straight by its actors, which revitalises the bit that other horror films can't reach, namely the funnybone."--Anne Billson's review of "Re-Animator" in "The Time Out Film Guide", edited by Tom Milne (Penguin Books, 1989)

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Stuart Gordon interviewed by the Phantom of the Movies in the latter's VIDEOSCOPE (Vol. 2, No. 1), Jan. 15/Mar. 15 1996:PHANTOM: Have you done any theater recently?GORDON: I did a play about a year ago, called "Ghost Man", written by Wendy Hammond, about a coalminer in Utah, a Mormon. His father dies and all of a sudden he starts having all these weird hallucinations in which he becomes convinced that his father had sexually abused him as a child. Of course, everyone is telling him this is impossible, his father was one of the elders of the church....PHANTOM: Any chance of it becoming a film?GORDON: It's one of those things where the subject matter seems to be so upsetting to people that it's very hard to get a company to produce it. What I've noticed is that if you put something into a fantasy context, you have a better chance of getting it produced. You have to put it into a science-fiction or horror context to be able to deal with some of these things.

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