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Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright Director Stuart Gordon Dies Aged 72

We’re sorry to relay the sad news that director Stuart Gordon has died. Though Stuart Gordon is probably better known to our readers as the director of the H.P Lovecraft adaptation Re-Animator, he was also the man responsible for directing the live action footage of Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright, a motion-simulation ride from the mid 90s (and my first ever encounter with the Alien series).

Variety is reporting that Stuart’s family confirmed that he passed away on the night of 24th of March, 2020. Frequent collaborator, and Ride at the Speed of Fright actor, Jeffrey Combs took to Twitter to share his tribute to Stuart.

Diane O’Bannon, wife of Alien scribe Dan O’Bannon also shared her own tribute via the Official Dan O’Bannon Fan Page on Facebook.

Stuart is survived by his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, his daughters Suzanna, Jillian and Margaret Gordon, four grandchildren and brother, David George Gordon. The thoughts of the Aliens vs. Predator Galaxy staff and community go out to Stuart Gordon’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Stuart.



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  1. AVP-CAPCOM
    I didn't realise the UK also had an aliens themed "jolting chair in front of cinema screen" ride. The wiki says at the (now abandoned) American Adventure Theme Park Derbyshire UK. So it makes me wonder if its still there standing derelict.  ;D

    Screen rides were all the rage in the 90s, Back to the Future ride being the then pinnacle benchmark.

    https://avp.fandom.com/wiki/Aliens:_Ride_at_the_Speed_of_Fright

    Interest Corporal Hicks intoduction to aliens was a ride, and of course, tributes to Stuart Gordon who made this all possible.

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