stuart gordon

Castle Freak (1995)
Director: Stuart Gordon
Writer: Stuart Gordon/HP Lovecraft
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton
Company: Full Moon Pictures

I’ve watched enough film adaptations of HP Lovecraft’s work to know not to expect much from them. Sure, every now and then something like “Re-Animator” or “The Dunwich Horror” comes along that manages to be a solid, watchable movie, but far more often than not Lovecraft adaptations are painful messes. I’ve walked past the DVD box for “From Beyond” dozens of times in my life and have always passed on it for the same reasons I pass on so many Lovecraft adaptations.

Back in 1985, Stuart Gordon created a film that was to become a cult favorite: Re-animator. The film is based on H.P Lovecraft's writings, & chronicled the demented scientist, Herbert West, as he developed a serum that would bring anything dead back to life.

Carlos Fresnadillo, the guy who brought you "28 Weeks Later", my second favorite of all the "amount of time later" films, is now the latest name being bounced around to direct the on again off again "The Crow" reboot. Eric Draven is also being rumored to take the lead role but since nothing is confirmed I'd like to announce that I am officially the front runner to take the role.

A few years back I got all excited when I found a "Night of the Living Dead" remake done in 3D staring Sid Haid in Target. I bought it, brought it home and watched a big giant disappointing turd, in 3D. Well they made a sequel titled "Night of the Living Dead 3D: Resurrection" and Andrew Divoff has been confirmed as playing the lead in the film. Learn from my mistakes people.

Not going to lie, I thought "11-11-11" was the dumbest name for a movie ever but now there's a teaser for the film, which has yet to be completed, and it looks pretty damn creepy. It's also got giant shrubs trimmed into cool shapes and I'm a sucker for clever landscaping. I've never hidden that fact.

Get ready kids because March 5th "Re-Animator the Musical" hits Los Angeles. Not some crappy art student knock off either, Stuart Gordon is producing and directing the stage version and what's better is the theater has a splash zone. I assume that means blood might be flying and not that there's a dolphin show going on. Maybe a bloody dolphin show, that would be awesome. PETA would throw a fit though.

When I was about 10 years old, I watched the film "Dolls," which subsequently led to my porcelain doll collection being packed away and put in the attic. With the tag line "they walk, they talk, they kill," how could I not be terrified? Directed by Stuart Gordon, the film centers around a group of travelers who take shelter from a storm inside of a mansion inhabited by a doll maker, his wife and their collection of creepy dolls. Having just recently watched the film again, I can say that it is not the scarefest I remember from back in the day.

Mena Suvari has carved out a comfortable lower middle class existence for herself. By day she works as a nursing assistant at a retirement home where other people’s grandparents call for her by name when they’ve soiled themselves. By night she parties in nightclubs with her drug dealer boyfriend. Most people wouldn’t consider it a glamorous lifestyle, but for a girl who is a love triangle and a midget away from being a guest on the Jerry Springer Show, things could be much worse.

It looks like we've finally found where the studios draw the line on Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring Asian horror remakes. Her latest, "Possession", is going straight to DVD. You can check that out on May 12th, if that's your kind of thing.

Looks like we spoke too soon on that "Reanimator" remake. Stuart Gordon was so distraught when he heard the news that he called up his long time friend (and purported remake producer) Brian Yuzna to see what was going on. It seems that Yuzna had no idea, and so all of this may be one big crazy misunderstanding. That "Reanimator" TV series though? Still happening. Nothing we can do about that one I guess.

Clive Barker would love to make a "Midnight Meat Train" trilogy, even though he's well aware that it probably won't happen. Lots of other info on his career and upcoming projects at the link.

Even though he was given an "Executive Producer" credit, George Romero has nothing to do with the "Crazies" remake currently filming. He does say though that he recently had a chance to read the script, and that it "has a decent shot of being a good movie".