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Mr. Sardonicus

Released 1961
Distributor Columbia

The last big gimmick of William Castle’s Golden Era was The Punishment Poll, where the audience ostensibly decided the fate of the rictus-faced heavy. It’s cheap, lurid and sensationalistic all the way, but Ray Russell’s source novel was a step up from the usual Castle material and the picture has remained a fan favorite.

About Stuart Gordon

Writer/director Stuart Gordon returned to the world of live theater in 2009 with productions of Nevermore starring his old friend Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe and 2011’s Re-Animator The Musical (the title says it all.) In 2014 he produced and directed Taste, a play based on the true life story of the man who put a help-wanted ad on the internet for someone he could kill and eat. Of course he's best known for his film work, notably Re-Animator and From Beyond.

Stuart passed away in March 2020 after a long illness.