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Eric Red

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

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]


  • Biography 1
    • Early life 1.1
    • Writing career 1.2
    • Fatal car crash 1.3
  • Filmography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Early life

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 career

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 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 crash

Red was found to be at fault in a car accident that caused two deaths on May 31, 2000. After the accident, Red apparently picked up a piece of broken glass and slit his own throat.[8][9]



  1. ^ "Eric Red". The New York Times. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Eric Red Biography". Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ staff (March 30, 2001). "Interview with Eric Red". Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Eric Red Biography". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ Nightlife and 100 -Interview with Eric Red about
  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. ^ Roadside Markers Permanent (advert free) memorial site with mapping and details of road accidents
  9. ^ LA Weekly story – Death Race

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