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An Interview with Ryan Cavalline, Director of Guts on the Chainsaw

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2023

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Your new movie Guts on the Chainsaw - in a few words, what is it about?


After a traumatizing event, Nova tries to put the pieces of her life back together, to prove she isn't crazy. She sets off on a hike to find herself and to put some demons to rest that she has been dealing with in her personal life. But deep in the forest there is a clan of inbred cannibals, watching Nova ready to terrorize her.


What were your sources of inspiration when writing Guts on the Chainsaw?


I was doing a lot of research into people who go hiking and are never found, and I found the subject very fascinating. There are hundreds of these reports across the United States. People go into the woods and are never seen or heard from again. At the same time I was doing research on folklore stories in Pennsylvania and found this story about albino cannibals that were living in the Pennsylvania mountains. So, I pretty much combined the two subjects and Guts on the Chainsaw was born. Plus I'm a huge fan of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I really enjoy stories that could possibly occur and could possibly occur in our own backyard.


Guts on the Chainsaw sure has its gruesome bits - so what can you tell us about the gore effects in your movie, and how were they achieved?


I try to stick to good old fashion practical effects. Latex and jugs of fake blood are still my go-to for effects. We also just used good old-fashioned water spray pumps for some of the blood effects. I also used digital effects for the gore. It's much safer to use digital effects when shooting people in the head. Also with the explosion scenes, I just don't have the budget to blow up a house so, we gotta go the digital route.


Do talk about Guts on the Chainsaw approach to horror!


Story is first... we had a young girl with issues and how she was dealing with her personal situation. Build a character we can cheer for and put them in a bad situation. The first place was the forest... the forest alone can be a scary place and hiking a long trail by yourself can be overwhelming. Then add the fact that the main character is far from anyone or anyplace... Isolation can be extremely scary. Then the final part would be the crazed inbred people living in the woods watching or chasing you. So, the approach is to build layers. How many layers can you have in a  horror movie... as many as you can get to create a situation the audience can identify with and have them feel those emotions. Horror isn't all about the blood and guts. It's about creating a feeling that the audience can identify with and then they can create their own sense of horror.


With Guts on the Chainsaw being a mostly outdoors movie - where was it actually filmed, and what were the challenges filming there?


All of the film was shot in backwoods of Pennsylvania. I won't lie it was done the old-fashioned way with run and gun film shooting. We didn't get permits for some of the locations. We basically arrived at a location early in the morning, filmed and got out of the area. Basically guerilla style filmmaking. Run and gun - that only occurred with certain forest areas. The rest we got approval from friends who had great land marks on their property.


What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?


Lead actress Nikki Carlson and I really went over the storyline several times before filming. We went over each scene and we really went over what the character was going through at each point of the script. So, when it was time for the camera to roll she really understood where the character's emotions should be. As far as directing the other actors, I basically gave them descriptions from other horror movies and said this is the type of character you are playing and this is how I want you to play it. Plus giving them room to make the characters their own.


Do talk about Guts on the Chainsaw's key cast, and why exactly these people?


Nikki Carson played Nova. She had done a few short pieces and smaller character roles for me in the past. It was just time to move her up to the big leagues. Eddie Benevich played Chris the hiker at the waterfalls. Eddie has been making movies with me for over 20 years so, I always find something for him in a film. Peter Blessel who played the hermit has also been making movies with me for many years. Adam Holmes is a good friend who had done some acting in other productions in the area. He enjoys playing the crazy serial killer roles, so it was a blast to him on board.


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


Half of the filming was guerilla style. Basically we were in a rush on a few days. So, there was this rush feeling at times that we were limited on time. So, our anxiety was high a few days of filming. Other days where we had time, the atmosphere was always laid back and enjoyable. We love what we do and if we are not having fun we wouldn't make these films. Everyone always looks forward to the shooting schedule because to us it's like going to summer camp. We really look forward to it.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Guts on the Chainsaw?


Guts on the Chainsaw is a low budget horror flick that was made on a few Dollars. We really didn't have a large budget but we tried to make a movie that an audience would be entertained by from start to finish. If you can entertain them, then most the time the audience and critics will forget that they are watching an independent film. Most audiences seem to be enjoying the film and critics have been generous in their reviews. It's like I always say... I could make a movie with a million dollar budget and people will still bash it. But if you can entertain them and get them hooked into the story and what they are watching... then you did your job.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


We start production on the next film in April. I'm doing a film based on the German folklore of Faust but in a more horror/action way.


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