Eric Red (born Eric Joseph Durdaller; February 16, 1961) is an American screenwriter and director who wrote an unused script for Alien3 in 1989. Red was the second of ten different writers to work on the Alien3 project.

Red is best-known for writing the screenplays for the road action horror film The Hitcher (1986) and — more notably — the cult classic western horror film Near Dark (1987). Notable films he has directed include Cohen and Tate (1989) and Body Parts (1991).

For the latter two aforementioned films, Red has been nominated for two Saturn awards (Best Film for Cohen and Tate and Best Director for Body Parts respectively).

Awards and Nominations

Year Film Notes
1988 Cohen and Tate Saturn Award for Best Film (Nominee)
1992 Body Parts Saturn Award for Best Director (Nominee)


Year Title Notes
1981 Gunmen's Blues
1986 The Hitcher With Rutger Hauer
The Telephone
1987 Near Dark With Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton and Jenette Goldstein
1989 Cohen and Tate With Adam Baldwin
Blue Steel
1991 Body Parts With Brad Dourif
1993 The Last Outlaw
1996 Undertow With Charles Dance
Bad Moon
2008 100 Feet