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THE DEAD MATTER tells the story of a guilt-ridden young woman desperate to contact her deceased brother who discovers a powerful ancient relic that controls the dead. Her dark obsession drags her into the tangled world of two warring vampire lords each with his own sinister plans for the artifact and a vampire hunter who will stop at nothing to destroy it. This chilling gothic dark fantasy features a haunting score by MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE. It's a mix of classic horror themes with modern twists and a touch of dark humor that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This Deluxe 3-Disc Edition includes: The DVD, the ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK CD, and Midnight Syndicate's greatest hits, HALLOWEEN MUSIC COLLECTION CD.


Playing like a more graphic, vulgar episode of SCOOBY-DOO crossed with NIGHT OF THE CREEPS... this energetic effort is a fine first effort by Douglas and, as expected, the music is fantastic... Douglas clearly put his heart and soul into this project, and it shows. - DVD Pick of the Month, October 2010 --Fangoria Magazine (Issue #297)

Have you ever watched the advertisements for SYFY Saturday night movies and wondered, 'Why aren't the movies they show ever as cool, clever, and fun as the promos?' If so, Midnight Syndicate Films has exactly what you've been looking for. A young woman (Sean Serino) obsessed with contacting her dead brother accidentally comes into possession of a strange amulet shaped like a scarab. Unknown to her and her friends, the amulet is being sought by a vampire hunter (Jason Carter) who stole it from a vampire lord (Andrew Divoff.) While the vampire lord attempts to enlist the help of the local alpha vamp (Tom Savini) and his minions to find the artifact, the young woman and her friends stumble upon the amulet's secret: the wearer can command the dead. With a script that is clearly from a horror fan writing for horror fans, THE DEAD MATTER follows in the footsteps of such films as IDLE HANDS, THE EVIL DEAD series, and most recently TRICK R' TREAT. Zombies and vampires appear with no explanation and no need for introduction, launching into the story of ordinary folks who quickly discover what's the worst that could happen when dabbling in the occult. The dialogue is peppered with self-awareness while the plot twists with surprising imagination, using what you think you know to set up a scare and having fun honoring the genre instead of making fun of it. Directed, edited, and co-written by Midnight Syndicate composer Edward Douglas, the film evokes an atmosphere akin to classic horror films where budget constraints give rise to imagination. With plenty of horror film knowledge on which to draw from, Douglas crafts his scenes to deliver the clues quickly before another round of screams sets in. Unlike big budget CGI-laced horror films that just don't feel gritty enough for horror, amazing effects are achieved simply through makeup and camera angles. Douglas also isn't afraid to plant his camera and let his actors do their job instead constantly zooming around them steady-cam style or over-staging scenes with too much going on. In the editing room, he also ensures that nothing goes on longer than it should, whether its a scene full of dialogue or a fight to the death. Of course, in the world according to Midnight Syndicate, everyone knows the band, owns their albums, and wears their t-shirt to check the mail. And where else would you expect to find a mystical shrine with the power to destroy an artifact other than the Buckeye State? These are the details that wink to the audience and share the experience with fans. From twisted dream sequences to impressive displays of supernatural power, you can't help enjoy a movie that gets so much of the genre right (when so many get it wrong) while still managing to pull a few new rabbits of the old hat. THE DEAD MATTER is a love letter to horror devotees as well as to Midnight Syndicate fans, so here's hoping this isn't the last film from Mr. Douglas, just merely the first. --Movie Crypt

Good old fashioned storytelling here, folks...multiple story arcs and conflict-ridden characters all very well written and all coming to a believable culmination by the time all's said and done.... It defies every single page of the current Hollyweird rulebook of horror moviemaking by being neither a remake, a former TV show, nor edited in today's standard quick cut Super Hi-Meth mode - it's an actual story unfolding right before your very eyes... a MODERN HAMMER FILM! --Horror News

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  • Actors: Andrew Divoff, Tom Savini, Jason Carter, Sean Serino, Tom Nagel
  • Directors: Edward Douglas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Midnight Syndicate Films and Precinct 13 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UYQ90S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Draconis Blackthorne on August 13, 2010
Format: DVD
An unexpected arrival just recently, is this triple feature compendium of the film 'The Dead Matter' with soundtrack, and the Halloween music collection, which is essentially a "best of Midnight Syndicate" release, intended for Halloween spookshows and even personal celebrations. Having appreciated the compositions of Midnight Syndicate since discovering them at a Halloween shoppe circa Realm of Shadows, and then on through The 13th Hour, it is a pleasing surprise.

The Dead Matter {film & soundtrack}

Plotline 1: Two Vampire Warlords argue about the so-called "new way" and the "old ways". Tom Savini plays a mafia-like character named Sebed, to Andrew Divoff's more traditional vampire role as Vellich, although both register as "evil" personalities. Sebed prefers plasma injections versus the cinematically common blood ingestion of Vellich, who has a trick or two up his sleeve, granting him the advantage after all.

Plotline 2: A group of friends find an Egyptian scarab medallion in the woods, so predictably, just like with Ouija boards, one of the girls named Gretchen {reminiscent of Queen of The Damned} decides to play around with The Occult and have a seance to call forth her recently deceased brother. They take on more than they can handle*, and end up with a zombie, rotting away, but following her every instruction. She familiarizes herself with the relic's basic possibilities a bit, but it is not until the end when she becomes 'possessed' by a Necromantic entity that its full potential is unleashed.

Plotline 3: Besides the vampire vs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Brikowski on September 23, 2010
Format: DVD
I went to "The Dead Matter" world premiere on Sat. Oct. 3rd 2009 at "Tower City Ctr." in Cleveland, OH., I'll tell you what this movie was well done and may become a Cult favorite down the road. Edward Douglas really knows how to make a good movie, He originally made this movie in 1996 on a minimal budget, Douglas was never really happy with the final results of This film. In 2007 he was given an estimated $2,000,000 to re-do the film the way he had intended, The whole film was shot from August 6th through Sept. 1st 2007. This just shows how Douglas and His Crew can make a Very Good movie when you have the Budget to do so. Also the music by "Midnight Syndicate" flowed so smoothly through out the movie, It just made the movie even more enjoyable to watch. It's a different type of Horror movie, with a twist and not a lot of gore. I don't know when this movie will be released domestically, but if you do get a chance to see it - DO NOT MISS IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart on October 1, 2012
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First timer Edward Douglas wrote and directed this wonderful tale into the undead. While Edward is new in the director's chair he has been working on the music end of horror films since 1997 and his ability to work with music shows through the entire film.

What you have to give the film credit for is taking every major aspect of the undead in horror today and twisting it all together to form a fun ride into an off the wall story. I warn you ahead of the time zombie in it is more of the traditional voodoo zombie then the Romero or infected that we've come to be used to and isn't the main threat in the film. While this usually may make us overlook a film it was a fun ride and did have at least one zombie in it so we're able to slip it in through the cracks and into a review!

Basically the plot follows 3 main avenues that center around one item. We have Gretchen (Sean Serino) who wants nothing more than to have her brother back in her life. The one drawback to this is that he's dead. Bummer. What's a girl to do but track down a mystical artifact, an amulet to be specific, that has some interesting powers. I'll give you 1 guess on the item that all 3 major story arcs kind of focus on. It's an amulet that gives you control over the dead. Not only control but also let's you bring the dead back to life. Now I wonder why Gretchen wants it?

The second person after this artifact is actually dead himself, or should I say undead, a vampire that goes by Vellich (Andrew Divoff) who wants nothing more then a new means of power since thats what all old vampires tend to be in the mood for. His competitor though is what spices up this story line as the other vampire chasing after the amulet is Sebed (played by zombie fan favorite Tom Savini!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy S. Webster on February 15, 2011
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If you're a regular visitor of NightmaRevue... hell, if you're an irregular visitor (I'm talking the OTHER definition, not the "I need some Ex-Lax" type of irregular), or if you've never seen the site at all, if you're into the dark and spooky odds are you're aware of Midnight Syndicate. The duo, comprised of Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka, has been crafting elegantly moody music since 1995. If you visit Hot Topic or one of the annual Halloween specialty shops that tend to pop up these days, odds are you've seen their CDs for retail (and, hopefully, found a place in your CD collection for some of their offerings).

Way back in 1995, our kindly Mr. Douglas made a film called The Dead Matter for two grand. Now, with co-production from Robert Kurtzman (for whom Midnight Syndicate wrote and recorded the score for his film The Rage) and Gary Jones teamed up with Midnight Syndicate Films, Edward's been able to remake his vision on a much grander scale...

The Dead Matter has two two main parallel storylines that converge every now and then until coming into direct conflict in the film's final half hour. One of these is focused on Gretchen (Sean Serino), a young woman troubled by the recent death of her brother. To the unease of her boyfriend Mike (Tom Nagel) Gretchen has obsessively turned more and more to the occult in attempts to contact her deceased sibling, including recruiting the talents of Jill (C.B. Spencer), a dabbler in supernaturalism herself who, when we first see her, is carrying a grimoire of her own. Mike's buddy Frank (Christopher Robichaud) who works in a commercial laboratory developing weight-loss products tags along for the "what the hell, why not?" factor and ends up falling in love with Jill along the way.
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