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Sorcerer

Released 1977
Distributor Paramount

This‚ elaborate second remake of the French classic Wages of Fear (following Violent Road, a 1958 Howard W. Koch B-picture starring Brian Keith) suffered at the boxoffice from its supernatural-sounding title (especially coming from the director of The Exorcist), which obscured its origins as a nail-biting suspense classic.‚ Two tough, grueling hours‚ that grab you by the throat and won’t let go.

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.