Falleció Stuart Gordon, mítico director de culto de terror

Director de películas de culto de terror de los 80 como «Re-animator» o «From beyond», ambas basadas en relatos de H.P. Lovecraft, el también guionista y productor estadounidense Stuart Gordon falleció este martes en su Chicago natal a los 72 años de edad, según informa hoy la revista Variety.

Procedía del teatro, fundó su primera compañía en 1968, Screw Theater, con la que hizo una adaptación antibelicista de Peter Pan que le llevó a ser detenido por obscenidad, junto a su esposa Carolyn Purdy. Después formaron Organic Theater que mantuvieron en activo durante 16 años y con la que, entre otras cosas, impulsaron la carrera de David Mamet al estrenar en Chicago en 1974 sus «Perversiones sexuales».

«Re-animator» (1986) fue su debut como director de cine. Al principio iba a ser una obra de teatro, después una serie de televisión y finalmente una película. Su combinación de ‘gore’, con sangre a espuertas, y humor salvaje la convirtieron en obra de culto.

Le siguieron, con menos éxito, «From beyond» y «Dolls», pero fue un golpe de timón lo que le hizo triunfar de nuevo, la comedia «Honey, I Shrunk the Kids» («Cariño, he encogido a los niños»). Fue uno de sus guionistas y después produjo la secuela y dirigió un «spin-off» para la televisión.

No obstante, no abandonó su pasión por el género y siguió estrenando títulos como «Robot Jox» (1990), «Fortress» («Fortaleza infernal») (1992), con Christopher Lambert, o la comedia «Space Truckers»(1996) que presentó en el Festival de Sitges y que protagonizaba Dennis Hopper.

En 2011 convirtió «Re-animator» en un musical de éxito.

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Stuart Gordon, director of cult horror classic ‘Re-Animator,’ dead at 72

Film director Stuart Gordon, best known for horror cult classics as “Re-Animator” and “From Beyond,” has died, his family confirmed to Variety on Tuesday. He was 72.

“He was a lovely man, a dear friend, a client for nearly a decade, and will be greatly missed,” Gordon’s representative, Dominic Mancini, told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. “He was an icon in the horror genre, a loved mentor and bright light that inspired and encouraged aspiring genre filmmakers to excel at their craft. He left his fingerprints on the film industry for generations to come to enjoy.”

In addition to his work in the horror film genre, Gordon also was a co-creator of the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” franchise, Variety reported. Gordon shared a story credit for the series and produced the film’s sequel, the magazine reported. He also directed an episode of the film’s television spin-off.

Horror films were Gordon’s specialty. In addition to “Re-Animator” and “From Beyond,” he directed “Castle Freak,” “Dagon” and an episode of “Masters of Horror.” All were based on stories by fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft.

“I don’t think it’s an accident that all H.P. Lovecraft’s stories are set in Massachusetts, the center of Puritanism,” Gordon told Rolling Stone in 1985. “Lovecraft was examining the Puritan mentality, which on the surface is very proper and straight-laced and moral, and underneath is possessed by demons.”

Gordon also directed and co-wrote the book for “Re-Animator: The Musical,” Variety reported.

Barbara Crampton, who started in “Re-Animator,” tweeted that Gordon was “An enormous talent, vibrant and boundary-breaking, his work was in a class by itself.”

“He created countless moments on film which were at once funny, scary, daring and smart. He gave me my career. I lost a dear friend. I’m heartbroken. No words can do him justice,” Crampton tweeted.

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