Controversial director Stuart Gordon started his career directing stage plays, and made waves when he produced plays like The Game Show, where the intention was to drive the audience to walk out, and a Vietnam protest version of Peter Pan. Gordon transitioned to directing films in the 1980s, and had a huge horror hit with his debut film Re-Animator. The success of Re-Animator combined with Gordon’s love of the works of horror writers like H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe led to Gordon directing many films based on the works of those authors, including From Beyond, The Pit and the Pendulum, and the Masters of Horror episodes The Black Cat and Dreams in the Witch House.
Outside of stuff based on the works of Poe and Lovecraft, Stuart Gordon has directed some fun b-movies including Robot Jox, Space Truckers, and Stuck, and also created the story for the family classic Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Stuart Gordon turns 65 today.