Stuart Gordon started his film directing career in 1985. After graduating from Lane Technical High School, Gordon worked as a commercial artist apprentice prior to enrolling at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

He joined with Brian Yuzna and Charles Band’s Empire Pictures to create the company’s first major hit, Re-Animator (1985), based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft, which won a Critics’ Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Gordon then helmed another Lovecraft adaptation From Beyond (1986) and tackled the murderous Dolls (1987) followed by Robot Jox (1989).