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Stuart Gordon is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Co-Producer and Thanks American born on 11 august 1947 at Chicago (USA)

Stuart Gordon

Stuart Gordon
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Nationality USA
Birth 11 august 1947 at Chicago (USA)
Death 24 march 2020 (at 72 years)

Stuart Gordon (born August 11, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American director, writer and producer of films and plays. Most of Gordon's film work is in the horror genre, though he has also ventured into science fiction. Like his friend and fellow filmmaker Brian Yuzna, Gordon is a fan of H. P. Lovecraft and has adapted several Lovecraft stories for the screen. They include Re-Animator, From Beyond, Castle Freak (from The Outsider), and Dagon, as well as the Masters of Horror episode "Dreams in the Witch-House". With Brian Yuzna and writer Ed Naha he co-created "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" for Disney Studios and executive produced the sequel "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.


Gordon attended the University of Wisconsin and soon after formed Screw Theater. In March 1967 Gordon produced The Game Show at the UW Memorial Union. The play intended to be an attack on apathy locked the audience in the theater and seemingly humiliated, beat and raped them (audience plants were used.) Every performance ended with the audience rioting and stopping the show. He then formed Screw Theater in the summer of 1968 and produced and directed four shows, the final one, in the fall of 1968, a political version of Peter Pan that got him and his future wife arrested for obscenity. The story made national headlines until the charges were dropped in November 1968. As Gordon described it in a 2001 interview:

I had been protesting against the war in Viet Nam, and got tear-gassed by the Chicago police, and it suddenly struck me that you could take Peter Pan and turn it into a political cartoon about the whole situation. So, Peter Pan became the leader of the hippies and yippies, Captain Hook became Mayor Daley, and the pirates became the Chicago police. We left all of the James Barrie dialogue intact, so when they all went off to Neverland they sprinkled pixie dust on themselves and think lovely thoughts, and up they go. That was an acid trip, which was visualized by a psychedelic light show that was projected onto the bodies of seven naked young ladies...

After the University of Wisconsin demanded future theatrical productions by Screw Theater be overseen by a University Professor, Gordon cut his University ties to form Broom Street Theater. Its first production, the new translation of the risque Lysistrata, premiered in May 1969.

Gordon is married to Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, whom he frequently casts in his movies. Together in 1970, they founded the Chicago Organic Theater Company, for which Gordon also served as artistic director. With the company, he produced and directed thirty-seven plays, among them Warp!, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Bleacher Bums, E-R, Bloody Bess-A Tale of Piracy and Revenge and a two part adaptation of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Warp! was later adapted into a comic book by First Comics. He is also the father of three daughters- Suzanna, Jillian, and Margaret. In 2009, he directed the one-man theatrical show, "Nevermore...An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe" which reunited him with Re-Animator alumni Jeffrey Combs and writer Dennis Paoli. Recently nominated for a Saturn award, the show enjoyed much success at its premiere in Los Angeles and is now in the process of touring the country. In 2011 Gordon produced, directed and co-wrote "Re-Animator: The Musical." It played to sold out houses, rave reviews and standing ovations for six months at the Steve Allen Theater. This year (2012) it played to great acclaim at the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He directed two installments of the anthology series Masters of Horror for Showtime: H. P. Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witch-House (2005), based on a story by H. P. Lovecraft, and The Black Cat (2007), based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe. He later directed "Eater", an episode of Fear Itself, for NBC in 2008.

Best films

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
Fortress (1992)

Usually with

Carolyn Purdy
Carolyn Purdy
(9 films)
Brian Yuzna
Brian Yuzna
(9 films)
Mac Ahlberg
Mac Ahlberg
(9 films)
Jeffrey Combs
Jeffrey Combs
(8 films)
Charles Band
Charles Band
(9 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Stuart Gordon (32 films)

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Tales of Halloween, 1h37
Directed by Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, Lucky McKee, Axelle Carolyn, Mike Mendez, Adam Gierasch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about children
Actors Barry Bostwick, Keir Gilchrist, Adrienne Barbeau, Pollyanna McIntosh, Samuel Witwer, Ben E. Woolf
Roles Sherlock Holmes
Rating55% 2.7538452.7538452.7538452.7538452.753845
Les 10 histoires se déroulent dans une ville américaine, dont les habitants sont terrorisés par des goules, des extraterrestres et des tueurs en série pendant la nuit d'Halloween.
Doc of the Dead, 1h21
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Medical-themed films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Disaster films
Actors Simon Pegg, Alex Cox, Bruce Campbell, Fran Kranz, George A. Romero, Tom Savini
Rating62% 3.147243.147243.147243.147243.14724
Doc of the Dead takes a look at the zombie genre in film, literature, and in pop culture as a whole. Several entertainers from various fields such as film and literature are brought in and interviewed on how zombies have changed not only them, but how they entertain others and how the genre has influenced and impacted society at large.
Chastity Bites, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Films about education, Vampires in film, Comedy horror films
Actors Allison Scagliotti, Francia Raisa, Greer Grammer, Amy Okuda, Sarah Stouffer, Lindsey Morgan
Roles Mr. Rowland
Rating46% 2.3083852.3083852.3083852.3083852.308385
A feminist blogger and reporter for the school newspaper, tries to stop Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who poses as an abstinence counselor in a high school, from killing the school's virgins to stay young and beautiful.
Bread and Roses, 1h50
Directed by Ken Loach
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about immigration, Films about the labor movement, La précarité, Political films
Actors Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo, Pilar Padilla, Jack McGee, Lillian Hurst, George Lopez
Roles Party Guest (uncredited)
Rating69% 3.492623.492623.492623.492623.49262
Le cœur gros, Maya a laissé sa mère a Cuernavaca pour émigrer aux États-Unis. Après bien des péripéties, elle arrive à Los Angeles où vit depuis longtemps sa sœur ainée Rosa. Énergique et décidée, Maya décroche un premier job de serveuse dans un bar de nuit puis obtient de Rosa, employée dans une entreprise de nettoyage, qu'elle la présente à son directeur, Perez. Devenue femme de ménage, Maya se retrouve au milieu d'une armée d'employées de toutes les nationalités, qui travaillent dans des conditions inacceptables. Maya refuse de se soumettre.
Susan's Plan, 1h29
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Nastassja Kinski, Dan Aykroyd, Billy Zane, Michael Biehn, Rob Schneider, Lara Flynn Boyle
Roles Doctor #2
Rating52% 2.6028552.6028552.6028552.6028552.602855
Fraîchement divorcée et assistée de longue date, Susan n'apprécie que modérément la perspective de travailler. C'est alors qu'elle se met en tête d'éliminer son ex-mari avec l'aide de son amant assureur et de deux tueurs maladroits afin de toucher la police d'assurance.
Robot Jox
Robot Jox (1989)
, 1h25
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Robot films, Disaster films
Actors Anne-Marie Johnson, Gary Graham, Paul Koslo, Robert Sampson, Jeffrey Combs, Jason Marsden
Roles Bartender (uncredited)
Rating54% 2.702352.702352.702352.702352.70235
Fifty years after a nuclear holocaust, open war is forbidden by the surviving nations, which have merged into two opposing factions: the western-influenced Market and the Russian-themed Confederation. To resolve territorial disputes, the two sides hold gladiator-style matches between giant robots piloted by "robot jox". In a contest in which Confederation fighter Alexander (Paul Koslo) defeats and kills the Market's Hercules, it becomes clear that the Confederation is receiving information about new weaponry and designs from spies within the Market, resulting in the loss of critical matches and the deaths of several of the Market's best pilots. Market jock Achilles (Gary Graham), supported by robot designer "Doc" Matsumoto (Danny Kamekona) and strategist Tex Conway (Michael Alldredge), the only jock to win all ten of his contract fights, prepares for his tenth and final contracted fight with Alexander. During the battle, Achilles attempts to intercept a wayward projectile launched by Alexander when it careens towards a civilian spectator section, but his robot takes the full impact and collapses on top of the bleachers, killing over 300 spectators. In a post-match conference, both sides reason that their respective fighter was the victor; however, the referees decide that the match is inconclusive, a draw, and schedule a rematch. Achilles, shaken by the incident, insists that the draw was his contractual tenth match and retires, much to the disapproval of his management and fans.


Stuck (2007)
, 1h25
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Actors Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea, Russell Hornsby, Carolyn Purdy, Lionel Mark Smith, Wayne Robson
Rating64% 3.2466453.2466453.2466453.2466453.246645
Thomas "Tom" Bardo (Stephen Rea) is having a particularly bad day; not only has his unemployment run out, but he has also been evicted from his apartment. Retirement-home caregiver Brandi Boski (Mena Suvari) is potentially up for a promotion at work, and celebrates with a night of drinking and Ecstasy before driving home. On the way home, Brandi hits Tom with her car and he becomes trapped in her car's windshield. Afraid of being arrested, Brandi continues to drive home with the promise that she will get Tom help. But as she begins to debate the issue, Brandi feels the accident will destroy her life and opts to take a taxi to work, leaving him to die slowly in her garage. When Tom realizes that, he painfully tries to escape.
Edmond (2005)
, 1h22
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films based on plays
Actors William H. Macy, Frances Bay, Rebecca Pidgeon, Patricia Belcher, Joe Mantegna, Denise Richards
Rating61% 3.098023.098023.098023.098023.09802
Edmond Burke is middle-aged city businessman who visits a tarot fortune teller on the way home. She claims Edmond "is not where [he] belongs." He decides to make changes in his life, beginning by leaving his wife.
King of the Ants, 1h41
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Horror, Crime, Romance
Actors Chris McKenna, Ron Livingston, Kari Wuhrer, George Wendt, Vernon Wells, Lionel Mark Smith
Rating60% 3.049293.049293.049293.049293.04929
The film follows the story of Sean Crawley (Chris McKenna), a struggling young man trying to make ends meet by painting houses in suburban Los Angeles. One day, Sean meets "Duke" Wayne (George Wendt), who introduces Sean to his boss, a shady developer named Ray Matthews (Daniel Baldwin). Ray hires Sean as a spy, and orders him to follow Eric Gatley (Ron Livingston), an accountant who has been investigating Ray's company. Problems start when Ray, while drunk, offers Sean $13,000 to kill Eric. Sean accepts his offer and, although ambivalent, ends up killing Gatley by breaking into his house and beating him to death. When Sean goes to collect his pay, however, he is double-crossed and when he insists that they pay him, he is kidnapped and taken to Ray's secluded farm. It emerges that Matthews never had any intention of paying Sean for the killing, for he only wanted to use and eliminate him. But Sean survives from having a bullet put in his head then reveals that he had taken Gatley's work file of evidence and hidden it along with his documentation of events leading to the murder.
Dagon (2001)
, 1h35
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Origin Espagne
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about religion, Films based on works by H. P. Lovecraft, Giant monster films, Disaster films
Actors Francisco Rabal, Macarena Gómez, Brendan Price, José Lifante
Rating61% 3.0999453.0999453.0999453.0999453.099945
The film opens with a dream sequence in which stock market tycoon Paul Marsh discovers a mermaid with razor sharp teeth while scuba diving into a carven pit. Paul awakes on a boat off the shores of Spain, where he is vacationing with his girlfriend, Barbara, and their friends Vicki and Howard. A sudden storm blows their boat against some hidden rocks. Vicki is trapped below deck, and Howard stays with her while Paul and Barbara take a lifeboat to the nearby fishing village of Imboca. During their absence, an unseen creature from the deep attacks the two in the boat.
Space Truckers, 1h37
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Adventure, Comic science fiction
Themes Space adventure films, Transport films, Trucker films, Comedy science fiction films, Films set in the future, Road movies, Space opera
Actors Stephen Dorff, Dennis Hopper, Debi Mazar, Charles Dance, George Wendt, Michael G. Hagerty
Rating54% 2.700752.700752.700752.700752.70075
At a corporation's base on the Neptunian moon Triton, mercenaries are setting up a defense perimeter to try to hold off an unstoppable cyborg warrior. The commander, Nabel, seals himself inside the control room. The cyborg destroys the soldiers' tank and then attacks a helicopter—which crashes into the control room. The soldiers are killed one by one, until Nabel finally deactivates the cyborg with a remote control. The remaining corporate employees discover that the cyborg was created by company owner E.J. Saggs. Saggs arrives at the base just as the battle ends, and takes the remote from Nabel. He reactivates the cyborg and orders it to kill Nabel.
Castle Freak, 1h30
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films based on works by H. P. Lovecraft
Actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Luca Zingaretti, Elisabeth Kaza, Carolyn Purdy
Rating60% 3.00243.00243.00243.00243.0024
After inheriting a 12th-century castle which belonged to a famed Duchess, John Reilly and his family, including his wife Susan and their blind teenage daughter Rebecca, travel to Italy to live. Susan blames him for the death of their son in a drunk driving accident which killed his five-year-old son and cost their daughter her eyesight.