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