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RIP stuntman Chris Carnel, “MY BLOODY VALENTINE’s” Miner and much more

Monday, October 5, 2020 | News


Playing the pickax-wielding villain of the 3D horror remake was just one entry in a long genre career that has been sadly cut short.

Chris Carnel’s Facebook page reported that he died following a motorcycle accident. Carnel began his stunt career in the 1990s, working (sometimes uncredited) on films like AMERICAN HISTORY X, GONE IN 60 SECONDS, PANIC ROOM and SPIDER-MAN. He joined the pantheon of screen stalkers when he portrayed the murderous Miner of 2009’s MY BLOODY VALENTINE, and the following year, he was a “Car Wash Lunatic” in another remake, THE CRAZIES. His subsequent acting appearances include CHROMESKULL: LAID TO REST 2, NO ONE LIVES (both of which he stunt-coordinated) and this year’s BIRDS OF PREY, and his many stunt credits include THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (on which he doubled for Bill Moseley), the FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot, BONE TOMAHAWK and numerous Marvel movies. He was a frequent guest at horror conventions, and was part of the Hollywood Ghost Hunters along with Kane Hodder, R.A. Mihailoff, Danielle Harris, Adam Green and other genre regulars. RUE MORGUE joins Carnel’s many fans in mourning his passing.​

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.