Horror Producer Richard Gordon Dead at 85
The man who teamed Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee together for the first time in 1958’s CORRIDORS OF BLOOD and brought us the flying brains in FIEND WITHOUT A FACE (1958) is gone. A great loss to the Horror Film community, Richard Gordon not only produced a string of beloved horror films in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, but was a staple at conventions and a huge supporter of those who wrote on the subject of film. He produced his last film 30 years ago but his always-informative ‘letters to the editor’ to a variety of publications from small-time fan magazines up to the New York Times, offering corrections, and recollections, remain an enduring legacy for film fans.
Born in England, Gordon moved to the U.S. in 1947, and two years later, at age 23, he set up his own company Gordon Films, distributing imported films in the United States. Joined by writer Tom Weaver, he can be heard on the DVD commentary tracks of eight of his movies: THE HAUNTED STRANGLER, FIEND WITHOUT A FACE, FIRST MAN INTO SPACE, CORRIDORS OF BLOOD, DEVIL DOLL, SECRETS OF SEX, HORROR HOSPITAL, and THE CAT AND THE CANARY. Weaver also wrote “The Horror Hits of Richard Gordon,” a book-length interview published by BearManor Media in 2011. Richard’s older brother Alex Gordon produced horror films for Roger Corman and American International Pictures in the 1950s and died in 2003.