Stuart GordonHorror can be a straitjacket. As much as I loved Stuart Gordon's seminal 80s horror flicks Re-Animator and From Beyond, I have to say that this decade's trifecta of King of the Ants, Edmond, and, especially, Stuck, demonstrated his finely-honed ability to drive the narrative forward while stretching genre boundaries into truly warped territory. None of the latter films were strictly "traditional horror," but each in their own way was a devastating horror story.

Thus, the news that he's "returning" to horror doesn't mean that he's slinking back via a soulless studio sequel or any such nonsense as that. Instead, word is now circulating that Gordon will direct The House on the Borderland, according to paid subscription-only site Tracking B, via Bloody Disgusting. Based on a novel published in 1908 (!) by British fantasist William Hope Hodgson, the story follows two friends who travel to a remote village in Ireland and discover a ruined house and a diary that details the horrors suffered by the owner of the house: half-man, half-pig "swine-things," a vast plain of demons, the world grinding to a halt. As scripted by David Benullo (Hallowed Ground), the film expands it to a family moving into a relative's house only to make the same terrible discoveries.

The original novel was supposedly a big influence on H.P. Lovecraft, and Gordon has already adapted multiple Lovecraft stories (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Castle Freak, Dagon). So that, along with his recent work, gives me great hope that Gordon will come up with another startling work of horror.

categories Movies, Horror