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Cutter’s Way

Released 1981
Distributor United Artists

Caught in a studio‚ regime change, Ivan Passer’s offbeat filmization of Newton Thornberg’s novel Cutter and Bone was unceremoniously dumped into several Gotham theaters with little fanfare or ad budget. Rave notices in Time and Newsweek convinced United Artists to book it in a number of festivals, where it was warmly received, but it remains a fairly obscure title today.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.