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Southern Comfort

Released 1981
Distributor 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation

Walter Hill’s 1981 thriller finds a National Guard unit trapped in a bloody cat-and-mouse game with local Cajuns in the Louisiana bayou. With its strong echoes of Deliverance, the film is suitably suspenseful and Hill’s direction is typically taut and efficient. Keith Carradine and Fred Ward star as two of the beleaguered guardsmen, the atmospheric score is by Ry Cooder and the eerie, moss-hued cinematography is courtesy of Andrew Laszlo (Innerspace). 

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.