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Stuart Gordon (1947–2020), director of “Re-Animator”

by Kirk Fox

Stuart Gordon was best known for directing the horror comedy cult classic “Re-Animator.” The 1985 film was about a medical student who invents an agent that can bring dead bodies back to life. Gordon followed that film with “From Beyond,” another horror cult classic. He also co-created the Disney TV series “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” Gordon was a Chicago native who started out in theater at the University of Wisconsin.  

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Died: Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (Who else died on March 24?)  

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Details of death: Died at the age of 72. 


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What they said about him: My deep condolences to the friends, colleagues, and family of Mr. Stuart Gordon. He made some of my favorite horror movies, and I am very grateful that I got to meet him a few times.” – Film writer Scott Weinberg 

Stuart Gordon met his wife, Carolyn Purdy, when they were both only 18. She would appear in ten of his films over their 51 years of marriage. Send her all of your best energy today.” – Director Ted Geoghegan 

Full obituary:The Hollywood Reporter 

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