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Eric Red (born Eric Joseph Durdaller; February 16, 1961) is an American screenwriter and director, best known for writing the horror films The Hitcher and Near Dark,[1] as well as writing and directing Cohen and Tate.

Eric Red
Born Eric Joseph Durdaller
(1961-02-16) February 16, 1961 (age 57)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Occupation Screenwriter, film director

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BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Red was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Nancy (née Pickhardt) and Cornelius Gerard Durdaller.[2] He attended the AFI Conservatory and graduated in 1983.

Writing careerEdit

The first film written by Red was Gunmen's Blues, a short he produced and directed while a student at the AFI Conservatory.[3] He went broke trying to get national distribution for the film and had to drive a cab in New York City for a year to recoup.[4]

His AFI thesis script, The Hitcher, was produced in 1986. A major studio remake of The Hitcher was released in 2007 with Red as a consultant.[5] He wrote the original script to Lost Boys: The Tribe[6] and narrated the film at the 2010 Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles.[7]

Eric Red published his first novel, Don't Stand So Close, in 2011.

Fatal car crashEdit

Red was found to be at fault in a car accident that caused two deaths after he drove his truck into a crowded bar in Los Angeles on May 31, 2000. After the accident, Red apparently exited his vehicle, and attempted suicide by slitting his own throat with a piece of broken glass.[8] Red survived the incident and was taken to the hospital under an alias and released weeks later. No criminal charges were brought, but a jury in a civil suit found that he had acted intentionally. The suit, which awarded over a million dollars to the families of the two men killed in the accident, was appealed to state and federal courts, which confirmed the original jury finding.[9]

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Eric Red". The New York Times. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Eric Red Biography". filmreference.com. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ staff (March 30, 2001). "Interview with Eric Red". Buried.com. Archived from the original on January 14, 2016. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Eric Red Biography". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ EyeForFilm.co.uk -Interview with Eric Red about 100 Feet and Nightlife
  6. ^ "Check out Eric Red's Original Lost Boys Prequel Script". 
  7. ^ "Screamfest Hosts a Screening of The Hitcher in LA this Wednesday with Writer and Director". 
  8. ^ Permanent (advert free) memorial site with mapping and details of road accidents Roadside Markers
  9. ^ LA Weekly story: Death Race 2000, by Paul Cullum 01-13-2006, LA Weekly

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