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.
Red was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Nancy (née Pickhardt) and Cornelius Gerard Durdaller. He attended the AFI Conservatory and graduated in 1983.
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''Let's put it this way: I fought for the South. We lost.''Eric Red, U.S. screenwriter, and Kathryn Bigelow. Jesse Hooker (Lance Henricksen), Near Dark, a vampire, explaining how old he is (1987).
''I hate 'em when they ain't been shaved.''Eric Red, U.S. screenwriter, and Kathryn Bigelow. Severen (Bill Paxton), Near Dark, a vampire, attacking a bearded victim (1987).