Director Stuart Gordon, best known for the cult horror films "Re-Animator" and "From Beyond," passed away aged 72.
He died due to multiple organ failure, confirmed by his family.
Gordon is best known for his work in independent horror. He is also the co-creator of the franchise "Honey, I shrunk the kids."
Gordon, who grew up in Chicago, began producing theatre shows as a student. Earlier in his career, he staged an anti-war adaptation of "Peter Pan," which got him and his wife arrested.
"Re-Animator" was Gordon's directorial debut. The H P Lovecraft adaptation became a cult hit and a staple of the '80s horror-comedy wave.
"Re-Animator," a darkly comic and gory horror film, spawned a couple of sequels as well as a musical in 2011.