C. Robert Cargill

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C. Robert Cargill
C. Robert Cargill & Ryan Harrison - Fantastic Fest 2009.jpg
C. Robert Cargill (left) with Ryan Harrison at Fantastic Fest 2009
Born Christopher Robert Cargill
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.[1]
Occupation author, film critic, screenwriter

Christopher Robert Cargill is an internet film critic, novelist and screenwriter better known under the pseudonym Massawyrm from Ain't It Cool News and former podcast persona Carlyle on Spill.com, a veteran member on the site. Cargill currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife.[2]

Early career[edit]

Cargill wrote his first article in 2000, when he volunteered to write a review of the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for a website called "Guerilla Films." His article managed to get the highest amount of traffic of over 50,000 hits, "a HUGE deal" at the time which secured him the job to write more reviews. While working for Guerilla Films, Cargill began spending time with Ain't It Cool News' Eric Vespe (AKA 'Quint' on the site), which landed him a job on Ain't It Cool's "Indie Indie Column," a previously abandoned post.[3] In his wake as a blogging critic, Cargill met various directors which occasionally led to small roles in independent productions.[1][4] Besides his work for Ain't It Cool News and his involvement with Spill.com, he also did freelance work for Film.com[5] and Hollywood.com (the site that owned Spill.com).[2]

Screenwriter & novelist[edit]

I considered every film another day of classes and writing a review a home work assignment and it was graded by everyone who wrote nasty comments on the internet.

C. Robert Cargill [4]

Having always wanting to be a fiction writer from a young age, Cargill considered every film he reviewed and its feedback as a learning experience. According to an interview with The Austin Chronicle he compared it to " a strenuous, endless crash course – maybe even a master class – in what does and doesn't work in a story".[4][6] The Idea for his first film came to fruition when he met up with a fan and friend Scott Derrickson at a bar in Las Vegas where he pitched his idea for Sinister. Derrickson, showing great interest in this concept contacted producer Jason Blum who particularly liked the simplicity of said concept and understood the urge to make it as fast as possible before it could be made by anyone else. Shooting of the movie started in September 2011, 6 months after[3] and was first screened at South by Southwest. In an interview with Film.com Cargill stated that his days as a film critic are over for the time being due to his success and dedication to his new-found career path."I may pop in every once in a while and write up reviews, but ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to be a fiction writer, and now I have the chance to do it in both formats that I am in love with."

On the 26th of February 2013, Cargill released his first novel, Dreams and Shadows, an urban fantasy story of folklore and mythology, which also follows three modern characters from childhood to adulthood.[7]

In March 2013, a sequel for Sinister was announced. Both Cargill and Derrickson are expected to return as writers, and the film will be directed by Ciaran Foy.[8] No release date has been fixed as both writers are working on a movie adaptation of the Deus Ex video games.[9][10]
Cargill and Derrickson will also team up to write the script for The Outer Limits, a movie based on the influential 1960s television show of the same name. The film, produced by MGM, will be adapted from a single episode of the classic show, "Demon with a Glass Hand."[11]


Year Title Credited as
Writer Actor Role Notes
2002 The Rules of Attraction Yes Bus Station Townie uncredited[12][13]
2005 Last Days of America Yes Breakdown Guy
2006 Pathogen Yes Janitor
2007 When Is Tomorrow Yes Stephen
2009 Zombie Girl: The Movie Yes Himself
2012 Sinister Yes Co-writer The original concept came from a nightmare after seeing The Ring, consisting of him going up to his attic and finding a box of super 8 films.[3][14]
2014 As They Continue To Fall Yes Writer
2015 Sinister 2 Yes Co-writer
TBA The Outer Limits Yes Co-writer
TBA Deus Ex movie Yes Co-writer Still in pre-production. The movie will be focused on the 2011 installment Human Revolution[10] Co-written once again with Scott Derrickson.



  1. ^ a b "C. Robert Cargill IMDB page". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  2. ^ a b "C. Robert Cargill bio". C. Robert Cargill. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  3. ^ a b c Whale, Chase (10-09-2012). "From Blogger to Screenwriter: ‘Sinister’ Co-Writer C. Robert Cargill". Film.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ a b c Grobler, Craig (2012-10-22). "Writer C. Robert Cargill gets Sinister with us whilst chatting about his love of film...". The Establishing Shot. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  5. ^ "C. Robert Cargill-Film.com". Film.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  6. ^ Whittaker, Richard (2013-02-28). "Chasing C. Robert Cargill's 'Dreams and Shadows'". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  7. ^ a b "Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill". Goodreads. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Fischer, Russ (2014-04-17). "The 'Sinister 2' Director Is 'Citadel' Filmmaker Ciaran Foy." Slashfilm.com. Retrieved 2014-04-20.
  9. ^ Lussier, Germain (05-01-2013). "‘Sinister 2′ Moving Forward From Original Creators". slashfilm. Retrieved 23 June 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ a b Bibbiani, William (2013-02-20). "It Will Be Cyberpunk: Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill on Deus Ex". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  11. ^ Kit, Borys (2014-06-19). " 'The Outer Limits' Movie in the Works From MGM, Scott Derrickson." HollywoodReporter.com. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  12. ^ "Full cast and crew for The Rules of Attraction". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  13. ^ "The Rules of Attractions (2002)". Movieclips. Retrieved 06-20-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ Bibbiani, William (2013-02-19). "Horrific Images: Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill on Sinister". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  15. ^ "C Robert Cargill - Queen of the Dark Things cover art and synopsis". Upcoming4.me. Retrieved 18 December 2013.