C. Robert Cargill

Christopher Robert Cargill (born September 8, 1975) is an American screenwriter, novelist, and former internet film critic known under the pseudonyms Massawyrm (on Ain't It Cool News) and Carlyle (on Spill.com). Cargill currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife.[2]

C. Robert Cargill
C. Robert Cargill %26 Ryan Harrison - Fantastic Fest 2009
Cargill (left) at Fantastic Fest 2009
Born Christopher Robert Cargill
September 8, 1975 (age 42)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.[1]
Occupation author, film critic, screenwriter
Website www.crobertcargill.com

Early career

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] During his work 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 and novelist

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 wanted 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 the 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 were 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."[3]

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]

Both Cargill and Derrickson returned as writers for Sinister 2 (2015), which was directed by Ciaran Foy.[8]

Both writers are also 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]

Cargill, along with Derrickson and Jon Spaihts, worked on the script for Marvel's film Doctor Strange (2016).[12]


Year Title Credited as
Writer Actor Role Notes
2002 The Rules of Attraction Yes Bus Station Townie uncredited[13][14]
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][15]
2015 Sinister 2 Yes Co-writer
2016 As They Continue to Fall Yes
2016 Doctor Strange 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.


  • Tome of Artifacts by Keith Baker, Contributed,(April 2007, ISBN 978-1588469359)
  • Dreams and Shadows (February 2013, ISBN 0575130091)[7]
  • Queen of the Dark Things (May 2014, ISBN 0062190458)[16]
  • Sea of Rust (September 2017, ISBN 9780062405838)[17]


  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 d Whale, Chase (2012-10-09). "From Blogger to Screenwriter: 'Sinister' Co-Writer C. Robert Cargill". Film.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  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 (1 March 2013). "'Sinister 2′ Moving Forward From Original Creators". slashfilm. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  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. ^ McMillan, Graeme (25 April 2016). "'Doctor Strange' Screenwriter: "Every Single Decision That Involves the Ancient One Is a Bad One"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Full cast and crew for The Rules of Attraction". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  14. ^ "The Rules of Attractions (2002)". Movieclips. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  15. ^ Bibbiani, William (2013-02-19). "Horrific Images: Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill on Sinister". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
  16. ^ "C Robert Cargill - Queen of the Dark Things cover art and synopsis". Upcoming4.me. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  17. ^ Cargill, C. Robert. "Sea of Rust". HarperCollins US. Retrieved 2017-09-26.

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