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In Memoriam:: Stuart Gordon 1947-2020

March 26th, 2020 by unkle lancifer · 7 Comments

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SmallDarkCloud
SmallDarkCloud
6 months ago

This really affected me.

Re-Animator and From Beyond are great, of course, but I’m really fond of Dolls, with its dark fairy tale of a story. Cinematic fairy tales, done well, with a dark Angela Carter-ish sensibility, are definitely in my cinematic wheelhouse.

The movie was something of a compromise between Gordon and Brian Yuzna (who wanted more violence and gore), and it doesn’t always work, but Dolls has its own unique vision, Gordon’s, that makes the film very watchable.

I wish I had the opportunity to see one of Gordon’s many acclaimed theater productions, but I don’t live in Chicago or Los Angeles.

R.I.P., Stuart Gordon.

Geoff
Geoff
6 months ago

Oh wow I didn’t realize Stephen “Ralph” Lee had died. He was a reliable TV guest star and I always took note of him after seeing him in Dolls.

Back in 1987, I remember seeing the newspaper print ad for Dolls and desperately wanting to see it. I don’t even remember seeing any TV commercials for it but that poster art was so striking I needed to see it! But it only played at one theater that was across town from where we lived. My mom promised to take me but it only ran for one week and was gone by the time we were planning to go. Devastation! I finally saw it on video a year or two later and remember being a bit disappointed. I wanted it to be more serious and scary and was put off by the sometimes comedic tone. But I kept coming back to it over the years and watched it whenever it was on cable and really grew to love it. I was a teenager when it came out and I guess I didn’t appreciate those themes of retaining your childhood dreams until I was older. And I still say “aunty-cues” for antiques because of this movie.

Other than this and Re-Animator I am not too familiar with Gordon’s work. Now is a good time to catch up since we’re all supposed to stay at home. Stay well everyone!

bastardjackyll
bastardjackyll
6 months ago

RIP Stuart Gordon…

AND RIP Stephen Lee, I had no idea he had past. If you ever want to see a good performance of his check out The Negotiator with Sam Jackson and Kevin Spacey (yeah, I know). It’s kind of fun to pretend he’s playing the same character from DOLLS.

bastardjackyll
bastardjackyll
6 months ago

Also “Anti cues” made my grandmother laugh out loud (but she didn’t stick around for the whole movie).

Geoff
Geoff
5 months ago

FYI there’s a Stuart Gordon double feature on TCM tonight (5/15/2020): From Beyond and Dolls starting at 11pm ET