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Product Details

  • 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: 1
  • 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: B003UYJM7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,033 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 (Andrew Divoff and Tom Savini) each with his own sinister plans for the artifact and a vampire hunter (Jason Carter) who will stop at nothing to destroy it. This chilling gothic dark fantasy co-produced by Robert Kurtzman 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. Loaded with extras, the DVD features Midnight Syndicate's first two music videos, a feature-length making-of segment entitled MAXIMUM DEAD MATTER, director commentary, gag reels, fan-produced Midnight Syndicate music videos, and more.


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

Customer Reviews

It was a very fun and entertaining flick!
(It should be noted, however, that Tom Savini does have one, as the head of a rival vampire clan.
Robert Beveridge
The movie has a very old-school look to it and it reminds me of horror films from the 80s.

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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 Jeremy S. Webster on February 15, 2011
Format: DVD

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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy Haerr on September 22, 2010
Format: DVD
I love horror movies. I am espeically fond of scary, slapstick ones. This one fits the bill perfectly. I had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion with Edward Douglas (Midnight Syndicate) and Jason Carter at Dragon Con for a special screening of The Dead Matter. It was fantastic. Even Edward, the creator behind the film, stated that certain parts were meant to be funny.

My four year old and I are also big zombie movie girls and this fit the bill perfectly. Not to mention, it has Jason Carter in it from the television series Babylon 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Wendy on October 28, 2013
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I liked the movie and thought it had a cliff-hanger at the end. Even though it is a low-budget film, I do believe the soundtrack from Midnight Syndicate really helped set the atmosphere to this film considerably! If this is the actors' first appearances making a film, they did great with what they had at their disposal to work with. I read somewhere that the director didn't have a huge budget to go all out on this particular film. From my movie lover's stand point: I see a lot of potential for this film, its director, plus the cast itself. Maybe they'll earn enough from this movie's sales to support a bigger budget horror movie to expand upon The Dead Matter. Then again, perhaps, the director never meant to create a sequel to it. Either way, it was a good film, especially since it has Tom Savini in it.
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