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Exclusive: Cuyle Carvin Talks Acting in Horror Films, His Love of the Paranormal, and MoreThe name Cuyle Carvin may not be instantly recognizable to Dread Central readers, but the 29-year-old is a veteran of several horror films including Fog Warning, Assault of the Sasquatch (also known as Sasquatch Assault), Victimized, Ghost Wolf, Mind Morgue, The Severed Inn, and Opponent.

With Sasquatch Assault in the can and both Victimized and Opponent currently in post-production and scheduled for release this year, we suspect he is someone to keep an eye on. Along these lines, Fred Grandinetti recently had the opportunity to speak with the young actor regarding his career in the horror genre and his own personal passions.


Fred Grandinetti: How did you become interested in the acting profession?

Cuyle Carvin: I first saw the film Braveheart when I was 14 in 1995. Sitting in the darkness of the theatre, I remember really enjoying watching this story unfold. I went through different emotions watching the film. I wanted to help William Wallace and his allies in battle. Most of all I wanted to be the noble and brave Wallace!

When the film finished on screen, it remained in my mind. I thought about it for days afterward. Years later, when I began college, I had little idea what to do for a career. I thought basic theatre courses were kind of cool and fun. I decided to go with some type of theatre study as my major. Theatre encourages the mind to open and create places and things which don’t exist in your own life.

FG: What was your first professional role?

CC: My first professional job was for a Japanese TV show called “The World’s Most Astonishing News”, where I played a lawyer. It was a program which reenacted famous criminals and related stories. It was a prime time show airing in Japan, and the producers really liked my work. We shot for two days where I did maybe two scenes. I also had one scene as an inmate.

FG: How did you become involved with the horror genre?

CC: I wanted to be in a horror picture way before I became an actor. My first horror film audition was for a character named Karl. He was into murder, stealing, and raping. I wanted this part so bad and was nipping at the bit. I dressed up as a badass to show off some muscle. It was for a vampire film although not really a monster movie. It’s an intelligent thriller with a vampire as an integral part of the story called Fog Warning.

Exclusive: Cuyle Carvin Talks Acting in Horror Films, His Love of the Paranormal, and More

FG: How does being featured in a horror film differ from your involvement in soap operas or television series?

CC: It doesn’t really. Obviously the stories can be quite a bit more outlandish. Anything which deals with monsters and creatures requires some crazy kind of story based way out of reality. People love watching horror films because of this fact. Horror movies do a great job preying on the fact people don’t know what to expect next. Hence the loud noises, the popping out of a monster to decapitate someone, or being in a very scary situation out of one’s control.

FG: You have a habit of getting killed in the majority of the horror movies you’ve been in. Can you name some of the films and how you met your demise?

CC: In Fog Warning I get stabbed in the throat with a knife, and in Dirge to the Sea I leap off a lighthouse. In Assault of the Sasquatch I end up getting stabbed in the throat with a pair of scissors. For Victimized I get slashed across the throat with a cleaver.

FG: Is it difficult to play dead?

CC: No. The only thing remotely difficult is trying to remain completely still and not breathe. It’s also fun deciding on if you want to be dead with your eyes open or shut. Also if you want to twitch a little before going completely still.

FG: Who were your favorite horror film performers growing up?

CC: I have never been drawn to a particular performer though I liked Thomas Jane in The Mist. I enjoy horror films as entire movies.

FG: What is your favorite type of monster?

CC: Zombies! I’d say original monsters are hit or miss. I do really love creatures from Asian horror films like The Ring and The Grudge.

Exclusive: Cuyle Carvin Talks Acting in Horror Films, His Love of the Paranormal, and More

FG: You recently worked with Roddy Riper for the film Opponent. What was it like to battle this giant from the wrestling industry?

CC: I was only on the set with Roddy for two days and had a couple of scenes with him. One in which he rises from the dead as a zombie. The other scene I cut off his arm and then gut him with a chainsaw. He’s a very cool guy. Roddy’s a hard worker and puts 100% in his acting. He really gave it his all no matter how ridiculous the scene.

FG: You also just wrapped up playing a werewolf in Ghost Wolf.

CC: Right … I play Jackson “Lucky” Bates. The film takes place in the 1870’s somewhere near Green Gulch, a small fictional dessert town out west. Lucky is a charming, rugged bad boy who lives in a small town. He’s a werewolf and shape shifter who’s been around for centuries.

FG: Switching gears a bit, you’ve had an interest in the paranormal for quite some time, right?

CC: The world of paranormal is one of my first loves. If I had more resources, I would become a full-time paranormal investigator. My love for this field bleeds into the realm of the macabre. I love everything dark and dreary. I’m not Goth nor live that way, but I’m fascinated with a certain aspect of death.

Exclusive: Cuyle Carvin Talks Acting in Horror Films, His Love of the Paranormal, and MoreFG: Your other passion is spreading the need for living a healthy lifestyle.

CC: Yes! Growing up, I was fortunate to live with a family and in a community which gave me the opportunity to lead a healthy life. I want children to get a head start with their healthy lifestyle and have an educational platform. I’m involved with charities to help raise money and awareness on this issue for children who live in underserved and underprivileged communities. I became a cartoon character for the “Cuyle Carvin Coloring Book”. It’s a book where I teach a young boy how to live a healthier life. It’s free of charge to anyone who would like a copy.

FG: What’s the best way for people to get in touch with you?

CC: Go to my web page CuyleCarvin.com. I love hearing from people.

FG: Thanks for the time, Cuyle!

CC: No problem. Stay healthy!

Fred M. Grandinetti

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Titan’s Gothic Horror Series Alisik Gets Animated with a New Trailer

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Back in October we told you about Alisik, a Gothic tale from Titan Comics’ Statix Press imprint that explores the afterlife; and now we’re back with a new trailer for the series to share along with another cover and a few interior pages.

From the Press Release:
Written by Hubertus Rufledt with haunting art by Helge Vogt, Alisik is a cross between Emily the Strange and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book – a beautiful dark and Gothic tale of mortality and what happens after death.

“Alisik started as a short animation I did during my time at Disney – something different, a bit darker, but not horror. Hubertus liked it so much that we wanted to make a comic series out of it,” said Alisik co-creator and artist Helge Vogt. “Alisik became a part of my life. It’s the best I’ve done so far, and I’m thrilled that it’s coming out in English!

Featuring an all-new cover by superstar artist Junko Mizuno (Ravina the Witch?), Alisik #1 will hit stores and digital devices on February 28, 2018.

Synopsis:
When Alisik wakes up alone in a cemetery, she thinks she’s in the middle of a nightmare. Terrified, she flees into the night but realizes she is invisible to everyone she meets. She really is dead, with no memory of how it happened… and only the ghostly residents of the graveyard can help her unravel the mystery of her afterlife.

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Satan’s Cheerleaders Blu-ray Review – Sacrifice This Snoozer At The Altar!

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Starring Jack Kruschen, John Ireland, Yvonne De Carlo, Jacqueline Cole

Directed by Greydon Clark

Distributed by VCI


The ‘70s. Satanism. Sultry cheerleaders. Sex appeal. With these tools nearly any low-budget filmmaker should be able to turn out something that is, at the very least, entertaining. The last thing a viewer expects when tuning in to a film called Satan’s Cheerleaders (1977) is to be bored to tears. But that is exactly the reaction I had while watching director Greydon Clark’s wannabe cult comedy. Even on a visual level this film can’t be saved, and it was shot by Dean Cundey! No, unfortunately there isn’t a cinematic element in the world that can overcome a roster of bad actors and a storyline so poorly constructed it plays like it was written on the day. The only saving grace, minor as it may be, is the casting of John Ireland as Sheriff B.L. Bubb (cute), a hard-nosed shitkicker who adds all the gravitas he can muster. But a watchable feature cannot be built upon the back of a single co-star, as every grueling minute of Satan’s Cheerleaders proves.

The cheerleaders and jocks of Benedict High School rule the campus, doing what they want, when they want, with little else on their minds except for The Big Game. Their belittling attitudes rub school janitor (and stuttering dimwit) Billy (Jack Kruschen) the wrong way. What they don’t know is Billy is (somehow) the head of a local Satanic cult, and he plans to place a curse on the clothes (really) of the cheerleaders so they… suck at cheerleading? Maybe they’ll somehow cause the jocks to lose the big game? When Billy isn’t busy plotting his cursed plans, he spies on the girls in the locker room via a hidden grate in the wall. I guess he doesn’t think being a sexual “prevert” is fair trade enough; might as well damn them all, too. Billy has his own plans to kidnap the girls, for his Lord and Master Satan, and he succeeds with ease when the girls’ van breaks down on the highway; he simply offers them a ride and they all pile in. But when Ms. Johnson (Jacqueline Cole) gets hip to his plan the two tussle in the front seat and Billy winds up having a heart attack.

The squad runs off in search of help, coming across the office of Sheriff B.L. Bubb (John Ireland), who, as the name implies, may be a legit Satanist. Bubb invites the girls inside, where they meet his wife, Emmy (Yvonne De Carlo), High Priestess of their quaint little satanic chapter. While the girls get acquainted with Emmy, Bubb runs off to find Billy, who isn’t actually dead. Wait, scratch that, Bubb just killed him for… some reason. The girls figure out things aren’t so rosy here at the Bubb estate, so they hatch an escape plan and most make it to the forest. The few that are left behind just kinda hang out for the rest of the film. Very little of substance happens, and the pacing moves from “glacial” to “permafrost”, before a semi-psychedelic ending arrives way too late.

“Haphazard” is one of many damning terms I can think of when trying to make sense of this film. The poster says the film is “Funnier Than The Omen… Scarier Than Silent Movie” which, objectively, is a true statement, though this film couldn’t hope to be in the same league as any of the sequels to The Omen (1976) let alone the original. It is a terminal bore. Every attempt at humor is aimed at the lowest common denominator – and even those jokes miss by a wide berth. True horror doesn’t even exist in this universe. The best I can say is some of the sequences where Satan is supposedly present utilize a trippy color-filled psychedelic shooting style, but it isn’t anything novel enough to warrant a recommendation. Hell, it only happens, like, twice anyway. The rest of the film is spent listening to these simple-minded sideline sirens chirp away, dulling the enthusiasm of viewers with every word.

A twist ending that isn’t much of a twist at all is the final groan for this lukewarm love letter to Lucifer. None of the actors seem like they know what the hell to be doing, and who can blame them with material like this? I had hoped for some sort of fun romp with pompoms and pentagram, like Jack Hill’s Swinging Cheerleaders (1974) for the Satanic set, but Clark provides little more than workmanlike direction; even Cundey’s cinematography is nothing to want on a resume.

Viewers have the option of watching either a “Restored” or “Original Transfer” version of the 1.78:1 1080p picture. Honestly, I didn’t find a ton of difference between the two, though the edge likely goes to the restored version since the title implies work has been done to make it look better. Colors are accurate but a little bland, and definition just never rises above slightly average. Film grain starts off heavy but manages to smooth out later on. Very little about the picture is emblematic of HD but given the roots this is probably the best it could ever hope to look.

Audio comes in the form of an English LPCM 2.0 track. The soundtrack sounds like it was lifted from a porno, while other tracks are clearly library music. Dialogue never has any obvious issues and sounds clear throughout. Subtitles are available in English SDH.

There are two audio commentary tracks; one, with director Greydon Clark; two, with David De Cocteau and David Del Valle.

A photo gallery, with images in HD, is also included.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with director Greydon Clark
  • Audio commentary with filmmakers David De Cocteau & David Del Valle
  • Photo gallery
  • Satan's Cheerleaders
  • Special Features
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Although the title is enough to reel in curious viewers, the reality is “Satan’s Cheerleaders” are a defunct bunch with little spirit and no excitement. The ’70s produced plenty of classic satanic cinema and this definitely ain’t it.

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Friday the 13th Part 3: In Memoriam Documentary Now Available For Free!

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It’s been a while since we’ve brought you guys any news of the Friday the 13th Part III documentary Friday the 13th Part 3: In Memoriam.

But no worries as today’s news couldn’t get much better. Yes, the entire 36-minute documentary is now available in its entirety online for free!

I know that as soon as I sign off for the day I’m going to be watching this doc at least twice. It seems like I’ve been looking forward to this forever now and I’m a big fan of Part 3 so I can think of no better way to spend my Monday night.

You can watch the full doc below and then make sure to let us know what you think!

Synopsis:

This is a documentary featuring the last known footage of the set of Friday the 13th part 3 prior to its destruction. The plot involves what happened that fateful night in 2006 with additional stories from the cast members of Friday the 13th part 3 telling their memories of the production that took place in 1982.

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