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Sudden Reality: A Severed Cinema Interview with Actor/Filmmaker Matthan Harris Print E-mail
Written by Jay Creepy   
Friday, 06 October 2017
Sudden Reality: A Severed Cinema Interview with Actor & Filmmaker Matthan Harris

Sudden Reality: A Severed Cinema Interview with Actor & Filmmaker Matthan Harris

I first chanced upon the up-and-coming storm which is, Matthan Harris, whilst reviewing German Angst (review here). I say up-and-coming storm, because he's one of those chaps that kind of oozes the give away ending of, “I'm gonna be a big name because I work hard!” He played a deaf and mute German character and was very convincing. We started chatting back and forth via Social Media, thus soon after I reviewed a recent short flick entitled Sudden Reality (review here). This was written, directed, and acted by Mr Harris.

During our conversations, I asked about his big feature from years ago which starred many genre names. He gladly sent me a link and it was this review which stuck Matthan in a kind of elite indie group as far as I'm concerned. The Inflicted (review here) has its faults, but what made me happy is that the guest stars aren't wasted in thin cameo appearances. Plus, they act almost opposite to the roles they are known for. Matthan, for all the pressure he must have been under since he did rather a lot on this one, gave a good performance in the lead role. I gathered that Matthan isn't just an indie kid focused on gore (not that there's anything wrong with tons of gore... sometimes...), he wants to tell you a decent story, plus build an atmosphere for you.

With so many short films, and roles everywhere, plus the fact he doesn't slow down and simply isn't slowing down any time soon, I knew it was time to bag an interview with this fella. Due to his busy schedule, he was hard to wrestle down but it finally happened.

Now then. How is the day over where you are?

My day is going well. I have been celebrating my 31st birthday with friends and family recently. I just got back from a gig in Big Bear, acting in the extreme live horror experience Heretic Horror House: The Cabin.

Photo of Matthan Harris on Severed CinemaWhat have you been up to the last week or so? I get the impression that you're constantly busy with projects.

Other than the Heretic show, I recently went on a five-day cage diving trip in Guadalupe to see great white sharks. It was such an incredible adventure and the sharks were absolutely amazing to see. I got tons of 4K footage with my GoPro and will eventually edit it into a documentary short. I also recently wrote, acted in, and directed a short film entitled The Damned Statue, which will be released next year as part of the demon anthology feature For We Are Many.

The lead role, Mrs. Vasile, is played by Eileen Dietz (best known for playing the horrifying demon face in The Exorcist) and our director of photography was David M. Brewer, who worked on Insidious. In addition to that, I recently directed a commercial starring Eileen Dietz, which was an exciting new experience for me as it was my first time directing a commercial. So now it's time to focus on finishing Baphomet. Busy times indeed!

Aye, speaking of that, what is the current status with Baphomet? Just in case a few folks don't know, give us the synopsis behind this one?

So far, we've shot and edited sixteen pages worth of scenes. This includes the intense shark attack scene, the Hellkeeper scene, and all three scenes with the metal legend himself, Dani Filth, as occult expert Lon Carlson. So now I'm planning the rest of the film's shoot, which will either happen by the end of the year or sometime next year.

Here is the film's synopsis: An American family celebrates their 28-year-old daughter’s pregnancy. The celebration is interrupted when a member of a Satanic cult unexpectedly visits their ranch.

The cult member, Aksel, says that his father, Henrik Brandr, wants to pay the family a large sum for ownership of their land. Jacob Richardson, the father, rejects the offer due to the priceless sentimental value of the ranch. Henrik and the rest of his cult begin to put devastating curses on the Richardsons, trying to force them off their land -- even if it means murdering them.

After suffering unexplainable tragedies, the Richardsons seek help from Marybeth, a white witch high priestess. They soon discover a terrible secret about their house, revealing why their land is so important to the cult. They realize they must protect their house from the cult at all costs, and a violent battle between good and evil ensues.

Promotional Still of Matthan Harris from German Angst on Severed CinemaDani Filth? That's an interesting choice. How's about you being an interesting choice for a film a few years back. I first came across you in the anthology movie, German Angst. You play a mute chap who chances upon some rather mean Nazi sorts. The story gives hope, only to dash it away cruelly at the end. It was a very intense part you played. How did you prepare for it?

Since I don't know German or Sign Language, much of my preparations were with my excellent German Sign Language coach, Andreas Costrau. Since he lived in Germany and I lived in LA, I'd wake up super early in the morning to do Skype sessions with him. He was very patient as we went over the physical gestures, the silent mouthing of German words, expressions with your face and eyes, etcetera. He was also there on set, to make sure my co-star Annika Strauss and I were believable as German deaf-mutes. Other than that, I wrote a back-story for my role, Jacek, as requested by director/producer Michal Kosakowski. It also helped to hang out with Annika, who played my girlfriend Kasia, as well as Andreas Pape, who played the Neo Nazi Jens. Since Andreas and I ended up playing each other (when we switch bodies), it helped us to study each other's mannerisms so that we could become each other for those scenes.

What drove you onto the path of German Angst?

I befriended Andreas Marschall at the Fantafestival in Rome back in June 2012. I was showing The Inflicted there, and he was showing his Giallo feature, Masks. So later that year, when I visited Germany to screen The Inflicted at Weekend of Horrors, I met up with Andreas again and he introduced me to filmmaker Michal Kosakowski at a nice bar in Berlin. I got along well with Michal and became friends with him too. As fate would have it, about a year later, Michal, Andreas, and Jörg Buttgereit were planning German Angst and Michal asked me if I would be interested in playing Jacek. I gave him a resounding YES, and the next thing you know, I'm in Berlin in March 2014, acting in the film! One more tidbit: before the shoot, they also hired me to provide the voiceover narrations for the trailers, as they liked my voice and neutral American accent. (Here are the two trailers I narrated:

How were the rest of the cast and the crew to work with?

Photo of Matthan Harris on Severed CinemaThey were all brilliant, hard-working, and an absolute blast to work with. I loved working with them and it went by so quickly, since we were having so much fun. I knew I was a part of a special film, one to be truly proud of. Everyone was so nice too. For example, Andreas Pape, who plays the Neo-Nazi leader Jens who tortures me in the film, lent me his extra coat for the week, as my jacket wasn't warm enough for the cold Berlin weather. He couldn't be further from that role. In real life, he's a great guy. That's just one example of how generous the cast and crew were. They were all super cool. I made many new friends from that shoot and would love to work with them again.

You're generally a one man army when it comes to your own movies aren't you? You write, direct, act, and the whole nine yards. Is it a vanity thing? Or don't you trust anybody? (Laughs)

(Laughs) You got me! I do indeed wear many hats when working on my own projects. It's not a vanity thing or a lack of trust; that's just how I learned to make movies (wearing many hats and being extremely hands on). Growing up, I didn't know anyone else who was serious about making movies, so I had to do everything myself (writing, directing, acting, editing, finding locations, making the stage blood and the props, building the sets, buying the costumes from thrift shops, you name it), but I had the help of my friends and family, of course, to be the actors, camera operators, etcetera. It's definitely exhausting and distracting to direct, produce, and act in the same day, and believe me, it's more enjoyable to just act or just direct. But with the best people hired for each crew position, it's much easier to focus on what I'm doing, despite how many hats I'm wearing. To sum it all up, I love making movies, and I'll do whatever work that needs to be done in order to get one finished.

I think what is wonderful in your movie, The Inflicted, which I reviewed, is -- aside from being a cool and fairly brutal tale -- the fact you gathered a few horror icons (Doug Bradley, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and didn't waste them in tiny blink you miss them roles like most indie films do. In fact, you worked them hard and gave them some of the best roles I've seen in recent times. Damnit! I'll champion this for a long time because it was so bloody refreshing to see! Tell me how you did this and how supportive they were to the project?

Photo of Matthan Harris with Doug Bradley and Bill Moseley on Severed CinemaThanks! It was important for me to give each of those four actors a substantial role rather than just a cameo, and also a role that they hadn't done before. As a fan, it was so thrilling to see the four of them bring their roles to life and show those different sides to their personalities. It was certainly a bit daunting to reach out to them, since I was only 24-years-old when I made The Inflicted, and it was my first feature, so I just did my best to write their dialogue with their voices in my head, then sent the script to their managers or agents, and luckily, all four of them said yes! They were very supportive, professional, and fun to work with, and I couldn't have been more thankful that they gave a young unknown like me the wonderful opportunity to work with them.

You mentioned to me before how you wrote parts for them totally alien to their prior roles. For instance, Doug as a badass FBI guy. Sid Haig has a rare non-bad or twisted role as well. How bad was the pressure on yourself? As a young filmmaker, they've agreed to this, and you're acting beside Giovanni, Doug, and Bill.

It was pure excitement, like being a horror-loving kid in a horror candy store (whatever the hell that is!) But of course, there was immense pressure on me to do a good job (as director, writer, AND actor.) I worked very hard to not embarrass myself or waste their time, and make a good impression on them. I was very thankful to work with each of them, and I did my absolute best to have everything be as organized, efficient, and professional as possible. Thankfully, I had a kickass cast and crew to back me up, so everything went smoothly and we had an awesome time. One of the most surreal moments for me was acting in a scene with Bill Moseley and Doug Bradley! It was the first time they ever worked together, so it was truly special. My face was covered in fake blood and I was living the dream!

Bill Moseley's character speaks of how man has ruined the earth, what the world could be if man hadn't. When you write your scripts are there any of your beliefs and views filtered into character's words?

I do sometimes interject my own beliefs and views into my character's dialogue, but usually the words are simply thoughts that enter my head when I'm writing the script -- words that I don't personally believe in or agree with, but the character I'm creating certainly does. It's like having a universe of different characters in your head, and you understand them since you created them and gave them a voice, so perhaps they are an extension of some part of your personality (the good, the bad, and the ugly.)

I noticed you've acted in a couple of features by Andrew Mackenzie, amongst others. Being the workhorse you are on your own projects, do you offer any behind the scenes support when working elsewhere? Or is it just nice to simply learn your lines, feel your character, and not worry about anything else?

I respectfully just do my acting work, whenever I'm hired to act in a project, whether it's film, TV, theatre, or anything else. I love to act, as it gives me an opportunity to turn off my brain and live the moments, go crazy, and have fun. It's a relief to get to do that, and not have to worry about the shots, lighting, scheduling, etcetera. However, I'd certainly be glad to help out if they asked me for it, and I've provided some gory props, or let them shoot at my apartment, for example, to save them lots of money. Most filmmakers know exactly what they're doing, so it's best that I let them do their job and I'll do mine, and we'll make a kickass project together.

Oh yeah, getting back to The Inflicted. The music is rather special isn't it?

The music is very special indeed! The score was done by the very talented Italian composer Marco Werba (who previously worked with Dario Argento on the feature Giallo.) Marco's melodic, intense music added a whole new layer of quality and class to The Inflicted, and helped bring the film to life in a beautiful way. I love that score and I still listen to it sometimes. Some of my friends have told me that they listen to it while they're cooking, editing, or doing other tasks, so it's good music to get things done to! The soundtrack CD is available, in case anyone is interested (here.)

Back in 2006 your first short came out. How did it all begin? What drove you towards this mission?

(Laughs) Yes, that was my very first short, They Came From Hell, which probably had the total budget of $25 and told the epic story of two guys trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by demon-possessed zombies (so original, I know). But even before that, it all began with me being a bored, pissed off teenager in Plano, Texas who loved watching movies. I made lots of goofy home movies with my friends and brothers, and eventually I asked my mom for my own camera and editing program. So in 2003, she bought me a Sony Handycam and Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0, and for the next five years, I filled up as many MiniDV tapes as I could, shooting and editing the footage into home movies that I could laugh at with my friends. I think my need to create movies stemmed from my lifelong love for creating stories and characters, and my teenage feelings of isolation, anger, depression, love, hate, and a need to express myself. I had so much fun making movies and I just never stopped. It grew from there into much bigger things: getting my Bachelor's Degree in Radio/Television/Film, making my first short film with a budget in 2009 entitled Nothing Left, making my first feature The Inflicted, taking my first acting class, booking my first audition -- all these vital steps led to me working in Berlin on 
German Angst and where I am right now.

Which films and people in the movie world acted as an inspiration?

(Pauses) Oh God, this could take a while! Some of the people who inspired me to make movies are, in no particular order Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Craven, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, John Carpenter, Mel Gibson, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood, Ridley Scott, Anthony Hopkins, James Cameron, Clive Barker, Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, Werner Herzog, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Ruggero Deodato, the Monty Python guys, George A. Romero, Stephen King, Tom Hanks, Tobe Hooper, Tom Cruise, Warwick Davis, Tony Todd, Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Peter Jackson, David Cronenberg, Harrison Ford, James Wan, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, the Jackass guys, Mike Myers, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Lon Chaney Jr., William Friedkin, John Williams, Anthony Perkins, Walt Disney, Brad Dourif, Jack Nicholson, Paul Verhoeven, Robert Englund, Christopher Walken, Stan Winston, Lloyd Kaufman... I'll stop there as I could go on forever.

Some of the films and TV shows that inspired me are Jaws, The Silence of the Lambs, Alien, Aliens, Predator, The Exorcist, The Elephant Man, Psycho, South Park, Terminator 1 & 2, Rocky, First Blood, The Shining, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Planet of the Apes, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Braveheart, Jurassic Park, Saw, Halloween, The Thing, The Evil Dead trilogy, Hellraiser 1 & 2, King Kong, Dracula, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Dead Alive (a.k.a. Braindead), Gran Torino, Cannibal Holocaust, Suspiria, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Candyman, the original Star Wars trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Fly, Scarface, Se7en, Friday the 13th 1 & 2, Child's Play, Total Recall, Robocop, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Edward Scissorhands, Zombie (a.k.a. Zombi 2), The Omen, Forrest Gump, Sling Blade, Twin Peaks, Orgazmo, Cannibal! The Musical, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Saving Private Ryan, The Beyond, Deliverance, Pulp Fiction, The Sixth Sense, Mrs. Doubtfire, Liar Liar, Man on the Moon, The Ring, Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira), The Toxic Avenger... again, I'll have to stop because I could go on forever!

Photo of Matthan Harris from Behind the Scenes of Baphomet on Severed CinemaLots of old school and new school things. I can imagine you as a teen consuming the screen night after night as your brain inputs all the relevant information you need (Laughs). You know, bless your Mum, she's so supportive of you. I've seen on Facebook.

Indeed! I am forever grateful for everything she has done for me. In addition to being my Mom and number one fan, she has helped me so much with my films, doing makeup, driving actors around (in the days before Uber and Lyft), giving medical advice for my scripts (since she's a doctor), bringing lunch to the set, making cameo appearances in Nothing Left and
The Inflicted. She also let us shoot several scenes at her house for The Inflicted and Sudden Reality. I couldn't have made those earlier films without her.

Aside from your Mum, who is the biggest supporter of your causes?

My grandparents, especially my paternal grandfather, Jack Harris, and my maternal grandmother, Mary Kirby, (may they both Rest In Peace). They were both very supportive and encouraging of me pursuing my dreams, and I wouldn't be even close to where I am without them. I shot all of Bill Moseley and Doug Bradley's scenes for
The Inflicted at my grandfather's house, which saved me tons of money. And my grandmother went to my film's premières, even after she had to start using a wheelchair. It was so cool to introduce Andreas Marschall and Michal Kosakowski to my mom and grandma in Austin, when we were premièring German Angst at Fantastic Fest.

I'm ignoring a very impressive short on your CV. Where did the idea come from for Sudden Reality? That's a really polished and well thought out short.

Sudden Reality is an excellent story that my friend Sarah Kate Allsup came up with when she was in high school. It was a dream project for her, and she sent me her story outline and said I might be interested in it. Boy, was she right! I loved it and reworked it into a script in Final Draft, tweaked the dialogue and the story, added my own personal touches to it, and voilà, Sudden Reality was ready to be made into a short film!

Let's imagine if the world went to hell and we're all living the Mad Max lifestyle. One day you find a portable DVD player with enough charge in it to play one film. You have all your films on discs in your backpack. Some huge barter town sort of leadership says you must show one of your films to a group of ragtag survivors to entertain them. Which one do you choose? Which one represents you?

Photo of Matthan Harris from Behind the Scenes of Baphomet on Severed CinemaAhhh, that's a very good question! From the films I've worked on so far, I'd show them Sudden Reality, as it's a very good introduction to my work as an actor, director, and co-writer. Plus, it's short and sweet, at a brisk 17-minutes, so if they enjoyed it then perhaps there might be enough battery power for them to see it a few more times! And if they didn't enjoy it, I only wasted 17-minutes of their time rather than 90-minutes, so they'd be less likely to vote me off the island or eat me! But once Baphomet is done, that would most likely replace Sudden Reality as the film that I'd show them.

After a project is done and dusted and out there, are you picky? Do you look back and wish you had done things differently from a technical or acting side?

I'm definitely picky, and I really bust my ass to make each project as high quality as I can, but you eventually have to accept that a project cannot be perfect, it's finished, and it's time to move on to a new one. It's hard for me to watch my older films without cringing, as I was so inexperienced as an actor. I hadn't even taken acting classes when I did most of the earlier ones. I started taking weekly classes around the time I made Nothing Left back in 2009, and you can see me get a little bit better in
The Inflicted, which was shot 2010-2011. Then after that film, I moved to LA and took tons of classes for several years and that helped strengthen my acting skills immensely. So a few years after The Inflicted, you'll see a huge improvement in my acting in films like German Angst and Sudden Reality. But when I look back at my older projects, I don't really wish to do things differently, as those projects are time capsules of where I was creatively in that time period, warts and all. I see them all as stepping stones, and I learned so much from each project.

A picky perfectionist. Great, just what I need (laughs). How much time on average goes into a film from beginning to end?

It really depends on the project, as it varies greatly from project to project. At minimum, I could shoot a short in one day, and a feature in 18 or so days. I've been slowly working on Baphomet for about four years now, which is the longest I've been working on one project.

The Inflicted has a DVD release. How did you bag that one? It's a brilliant movie, as I stated in my review. Has it done well over the years?

Thanks! Once the film was finished, I went crazy for a few weeks, contacting as many American distribution companies as I could. I got a few offers but the best one came from Osiris Entertainment, so I went with them. As for the rest of the world, it is represented by the sales company TomCat Films. I haven't made much money from it unfortunately, but it's done all right I suppose, for a low-budget first feature made by a 24-year-old. In addition to the American release, it had a theatrical release in The Philippines (under the oh-so-subtle title of Sex Maniac), a German DVD release, and that's it so far (from what I know, at least.) I wish it came out back in the late '90s or early 2000s, as it would have made so much money! Everyone still bought physical copies back then, etcetera. It was a dream-come-true for people to see 
The Inflicted at their local Blockbuster Video and text me a photo of it, but Blockbuster went out of business soon after, so that sucked.

The new generation will soon not know the joys of a simple video or DVD shop. (Sighs) That's a subject I could talk with you about for too long. Regarding DVDs, will all your shorts ever be chucked together for a DVD release? Is it something you'd be interested in doing as your star rises?

Oh man, I'd love to do that someday! It was very cool when David Lynch did that, and I really wish Sam Raimi would do that with his old shorts that he made with Bruce Campbell. I would definitely do that once I reach the point where anyone would care to see them, (laughs). But I might just include them as free bonus features on the Blu-ray/DVD for Baphomet or my next feature after it, so we'll see.

As regards to acting, which role are you proudest of?

Photo of Matthan Harris from Behind the Scenes of German Angst on Severed CinemaSo far, Jacek from German Angst, as he is so different from me in real life and he was a fun challenge to play. A deaf-mute who speaks German Sign Language and lives in Berlin. It was a real adventure becoming that role, being the only American on the set, and even playing two roles in one (Jacek and then the Neo-Nazi, Yens, trapped in Jacek's body.) Plus, it was a nice departure from my usual roles, to play the gentle, loving boyfriend rather than a murderer or mentally ill person (although I do love those roles, of course.)

How do you choose your cast, aside from the genre giants? Are they people you know? Or do you hold talent interviews?

Other than the genre giants, I often cast people that I've worked with in my acting classes, or in acting gigs (for example, I've cast people that I worked with on the Biography Channel pilot "Flightmares," Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights, and Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre.) That makes the casting process easier, as I already know that they can deliver the goods, plus it's fun to work with friends. But it is definitely important to hold auditions, because you can only go so far by just using people you know. You'll find so much inspiration and meet awesome new people by auditioning actors. It's always interesting to see what they bring to the room.

Going by whispers and how people speak to you, as a director, would you say you're an easy person to work for?

Sure, overall I'd say that I'm an easy person to work for. I certainly can be a control freak when it comes to filmmaking, but I think that's important for an artist of any kind. You have to have a vision and stay true to it. But I always do my best to make things fun and drama-free on set, make people laugh, and get the best possible takes that we will all be proud of. Everyone is paid on time, receives their tax forms as early as possible, all that good stuff.

Which films have won awards and the most plaudits?

Sudden Reality has won the most awards. So far it has won: Best Actor at Scares That Care Weekend (my first acting award!), Best Supporting Actor at Macabre Faire Film Festival (my buddy Jacob McGregor won that one), the Gold Remi Award for Best Directing for Shorts at WorldFest-Houston 2016, and Best Thriller Short at Motor City Nightmares. It also had its world premiere at Housecore Horror Film Festival, which is run by my musical hero Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint), and that was the greatest honor for me, to get to meet him and be part of his festival. The Inflicted won the Gold Remi Award for Best First Feature at WorldFest-Houston 2013, Nothing Left won the Gold Remi Award for Best Directing for Shorts at WorldFest-Houston 2010, and my no-budget college short Counter-Blow won my first film award, the Bronze Remi for Best Directing for Shorts at WorldFest-Houston 2008. It was also an honor to have Sudden Reality and Nothing Left accepted by Cannes' Short Film Corner. The Inflicted did the best overall, it screened in 10 countries and at 25 festivals, including Texas Frightmare Weekend, Fantafestival, Days of the Dead, and Cinema Wasteland. As for the films that I just acted in,
German Angst did incredibly well at festivals and screened at some of the biggest fests in the world, such as Rotterdam, Sitges, Fantastic Fest, San Sebastian, and Fantasia.

Yeah, I love The Inflicted, as you may have noticed (laughs), so I'm not surprised it did the best overall. Okay, just to flip things on their head. Here's a fact not many people will realise about you. You have a short history in stand-up comedy. Please tell us more.

Well, I'm a stand-up comedy fan, especially of guys like George Carlin, Louis CK, and Robin Williams, and I wanted to try my hand at it when I moved to LA. I took a stand-up class and then did some shows at the Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store, and Flappers. It was pretty strange to go on stage in between Damon Wayans and Keenan Ivory Wayans at Flappers, despite it being my first time ever performing there! I'm glad I tried stand-up, but I learned that it wasn't my passion or calling in life. When it comes to my imagination and creativity, I'm better suited to horror or thriller projects, so I'm content to let the truly funny people do their thing, and I'll enjoy it as a fan.

Who is Matthan Harris? Is he a man? Or is he a myth? (Laughs) Away from the world of your creations, what do you do and who are you to the people in the street?

Baphomet Movie Poster on Severed CinemaMatthan Harris is a 31-year-old man,he is a brother, a son, and an artist. Aside from my work, I do the usual stuff that everyone does. To the people in the street, I'd have to go ask them for their opinion sometimes! I typically mind my own business when I'm just walking around but I do try to be kind to people, such as holding the door open for them, or leaving a decent tip for servers, so I doubt that the average person who meets me would think I'm an asshole.

Speaking of the street. What's your area like? What do you see every day when you, say, pop to the shops?

Well, I'm currently in the crazy process of moving from Encino, California back to Frisco, Texas, so I'll give you some info on both cities. Encino is a nice little area on the west side of LA where the traffic isn't too bad, and it's actually where William Peter Blatty wrote The Exorcist novel, so that's some interesting Encino history for ya! On a typical Encino day, I go to the local Starbucks, or Coffee Bean to do work on my laptop (I'm typing this as I drink a large cold brew.) I frequent the gym LA Fitness, the Arclight movie theater in Sherman Oaks, and several nearby restaurants. I don't pop into that many stores anymore other than Best Buy, CVS, or Home Depot, since I buy most things on Amazon nowadays. As for Frisco, Texas, it has way more land and is much bigger than Encino. It's a relaxing suburb north of Dallas and I'm glad to move back, at least for the near future. It will save me tons of money and will make it easier for me to finish Baphomet.

Buddy, I think we're almost done and dusted. Mind you, here's your chance to say something to your loyal fanbase and your friends. What do you want them all to know?

For any fans that I have, I greatly appreciate you all for your support and I can't wait to show you Baphomet and For We Are Many! I hope to meet you at a convention or screening sometime! As for my friends I love you guys, and if any of you have actually taken the time to read this lengthy interview, then I owe you a coffee, or a beer! And lastly, for any aspiring filmmakers or actors out there, follow your dreams, don't give up, and never let anyone stop you from being creative! Go for it, go crazy, and have fun!

Lastly and finally, what is next for Matthan Harris after Baphomet has done its tour of duty?

After Baphomet is done, I'll resume work on another anthology feature that is tentatively entitled Malware. I've already shot some fun scenes for it with Giovanni Lombardo Radice and Nicholas Vince (best known as the Chatterer Cenobite from Hellraiser 1 & 2), so it will be a cool project that the horror fans will dig, I think!

My friend, it has been a sheer pleasure chatting with you. I Hope you have enjoyed this and I'll try and bag a few more of your flicks to review soon. By the way, sorry it took so long to do this interview. Thanks for your patience.

My pleasure, man! Thank you for your patience as well. I'd be glad to send you some more flicks to review, and I'll have some very exciting new ones to show you next year! The best is on its way. Until then, take care and stay cool, my friend!

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Interview with Matthan Harris was conducted by Severed Cinema writer Jay Creepy. You can find him on Facebook and on Vimeo.

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