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Stuart Gordon

Stuart Gordon is one of the few directors pictured here who will crack a smile
Director
Born:1947
Genre:Horror, transgressive arthouse
Best known for:

Re-Animator

Edmond

Stuck

Related artists:

Brian Yuzna

Jeffrey Combs

Dennis Paoli

Country: US (Chicago)

Stuart Gordon has broadened his scope since his early work, but his transgressive approach never strays far from horror. Wait, let's backtrack a bit: Gordon chose horror, for commercial reasons, as his entry into film, but he already had a radical approach to theater production. He was clubbed by Mayor Daley's police at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and he depicted the experience as a University of Wisconsin production of Peter Pan that featured drugs, nudity and a male Tinkerbell. This resulted in obscenity charges against him and one of the production's nude dancers, Carolyn Purdy, whom he has since married. She appears in several of his films.

Gordon's films continue to examine the human condition through extreme violence, and juxtapose extreme brutality with the blackest of humor. Stuck explores our society's treatment of homelessness, and is based on the real-life story of a homeless man who was hit by a car, became stuck in the windshield, and was left there to die. King of the Ants is a nasty little piece of work about an ordinary man who carries out a contract killing, and the extremes to which he's driven. Dagon addresses religious intolerance and, like most of his best-known horror work, is an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation.

Finally, Re-Animator. That is all.

 

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