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John Byrne
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Posted: 25 March 2020 at 2:13pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Stuart Gordon dead at 72
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John Popa
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Posted: 25 March 2020 at 6:32pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Ah, more sad news.  I love the 'Reanimator' movies, for sure. and 'From Beyond.' I never saw his stage work but he was, by all accounts, a pretty radical 60's creator and kept that energy in everything he did.
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Marc Baptiste
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I am a HUGE horror film buff and RE-ANIMATOR ranks up there among my favorites!  

A huge talent - with a unique vision - will be missed!

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Rick Senger
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RE-ANIMATOR is surprisingly decent given its low budget; surely the best of the many horror efforts Empire Picture churned out.
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 26 March 2020 at 11:16am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Sorry to hear.

The article calls RE-ANIMATOR a "cult classic". I remember it during it's time, I would have called it a "cult contemporary", a big following around it's release and a few years within. But the next generation doesn't seem to know about the film.
That movie was undeniably a shocker at the time. WOW!
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Greg McPhee
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Amongst his movie achievements, let's not forget Stuart Gordon also formed the Chicago Organic Theater.

John Ostrander was an actor and writer for the Company, and co-wrote Bloody Bess which impressed Mike Gold so much he got Ostrander in to comics.

Gordon was a unique talent. RIP.
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John Popa
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I didn't know that about Ostrander, Greg! 
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Greg McPhee
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Posted: 27 March 2020 at 8:20am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I didn't know that about Ostrander, Greg!  

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John, yeah. I put a post on John Ostrander's FB page where he was paying tribute to Stuart Gordon, and he responded to my post and gave me the full background of how he met Stuart, wrote and acted in Bloody Bess, and got involved with Mike Gold leading to Grimjack.

It was an interesting divergence from the Stuart Gordon tribute, but came back to it as well.
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His life mission seemed to be to capture H.P. Lovecraft's style on film. And that's a high calling indeed! But in the end, an almost impossible task.

Not a fan of the RE-ANIMATOR films, but I did like DAGON (loose adaptation of "The Shadow over Innsmouth") quite a bit.

On the subject of Lovecraft, the recent COLOUR OUT OF SPACE adaptation with Nic Cage surprised me in a good way. If you're a cosmic horror fan you should definitely check it out.





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Kevin Brown
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Posted: 28 March 2020 at 3:08pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Amongst his movie achievements, let's not forget Stuart Gordon also formed the Chicago Organic Theater.

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Thank you for posting that!  Organic Theater was so incredibly awesome.
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Jozef Brandt
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He used to come here to Portland for the Lovecraft Film Festival a lot. Such a nice guy. There is a local theater that showed a bunch of his movies recently, including Re-Animator and From Beyond. His part of Masters of Horror was pretty great too.
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Posted: 29 March 2020 at 2:57pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Stuart Gordon (along with Brian Yuzna) also created the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" franchise for Disney.

He was slated to direct, but illness forced him to pull out and be replaced by Joe Johnston.
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