Stuart Gordon — the horror-film director who helmed the cult classic Re-Animator and co-created the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise — has died at the age of 72.
Gordon’s wife Carolyn Purdy-Gordon confirmed her husband’s death to Variety. No cause of death was revealed.
Over a film career that spanned three decades, Gordon was best known for his ability to harness the weirdness of H.P. Lovecraft’s works and translate them to the big screen: In addition to 1985’s Re-Animator, a modern update of Lovecraft’s 1922 novella, Gordon also helmed From Beyond, Castle Freak, Dagon, and an episode of Masters of Horror, all based on stories by the weird-fiction pioneer.
“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.”