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Manhunter

Released 1986
Distributor De Laurentiis Entertainment Group

Before THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS there was Michael Mann’s stylish Dino de Laurentiis-sponsored Hannibal Lector serial killer movie with Brian Cox as Lector. Based on the Thomas Harris novel, this underrated initial film version of the story exists in more various edits than Heinz has ketchup. TV shows such as Millenium and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation owe a great deal to MANHUNTER.

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.