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An Interview with Calvin Morie McCarthy, Director of Conjuring the Beyond

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2022

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Your new movie Conjuring the Beyond - in a few words, what is it about?

 

A sleep study goes awry when participants start to go missing.

 

The film's backbone, the sleep-paralysis causing demon - is that based on any actual myth or just made up for the movie? And if the former, please elaborate a bit?

 

This is something that most people with sleep paralysis report seeing "The Hag". My only experience with sleep paralysis was almost identical to the opening of the film, except of course the disappearing part.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Conjuring the Beyond?

 

The first half of the movie is a bit of an Homage to The Haunting, the second half is very influenced by the works of Italian director Lucio Fulci [Lucio Fulci bio - click here].

 

Do talk about your movie's approach to horror!

 

Well, I am a horror completionist. I BLEED horror movies. I really try to make movie that fans will like, because I am one. I mostly just want to make movies that are fun.

 

A few word about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

Because the movie is about hypnosis and dreams, I really wanted to visually tell a story that resembles a nightmare. It starts off familiar enough, but soon things become distorted and weird. Complete with strange colors and odd angles.

 

What can you tell us about Conjuring the Beyond's cast, and why exactly these people?

 

I have been an actor since I was 16,  so most of my friends are fellow actors. Most of us belong to the same talent agencies on the West Coast. At least half of the time I write characters with these actors in mind.

 

You also have to talk about your movie's main location, the old school building for a bit, and what was it like filming there? And how did you find it even?

 

The school house is in Mineral, Washington. I found it because it is used for artist events and writer's retreats. Filming (and living) at the school was a blast. Typically when we make these movies we have a very small schedule. 13-15 days at most, so we often find ourselves living on location like a summer camp.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

Team chemistry is the most important thing to me as a filmmaker and producer. The atmosphere was amazing, like I said it was summer camp. The only issue I can think of is actor Jon Meggison is terrified of ghosts, and always refuses to sleep in certain rooms by himself.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Conjuring the Beyond?

 

I think that most of the reception we've gotten is fair. Some like it, some don't. that's just the nature of the biz. People like to poke fun at indie horror, and that doesn't bother me.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

We're always making new movies! Watch out for Exorcism in Utero and Pillow Party Massacre!

 

You've actually entered the filmworld as an actor, right? So what can you tell us about that aspect of your career?

 

I have been acting since I was fifteen with a fair amount of success. I'll tell ya, I miss doing it as much as I used to. But in my mid-20s I started getting disillusioned with the lack of action in the film world. There's a lot of talk and not a lot of action. To quote Janes Addiction "I wanna be more like the ocean, all talking man, no action."

 

What made you pick up writing and directing eventually, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I've always been an amateur writer. When I was young I used to think that's what my profession would be. Even when I was strictly an actor, I'd still make my own little horror movies.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Conjuring the Beyond, in whatever position?

 

I've made tons of low budget films, and have acted in even more. I tend to live on sets.

 

In your filmwork you never seem to stray too far from the horror genre - so why is that, and is horror a genre especially dear to you?

 

Horror is my life. If I wasn't making horror films, I'd be reviewing them on my YouTube channel.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

It might sound weird but think of myself as coach. (I am also a huge sports fan.)

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

My favorite director is George A. Romero, but I probably steal more from Lucio Fulci [Lucio Fulci bio - click here].

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Night of the Living Dead, The Beyond, Rumble Fish, and Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

Ummmmm that's a good question... I'm not sure if I really hate anything... most superhero movies piss me off.

 

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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

I'm literally writing this as I am heading out to set for Exorcism in Utero, so I apologize if these answers are garbage. I guess what I'd like to say is that I'm really approachable, and if you hit me up on Facebook or Instagram I'll chat with ya for hours. I just enjoy being a storyteller. Please watch out for our next two films!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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