Midnight Syndicate Films is teaming up with FX legend Robert Kurtzman (Dusk till Dawn producer, co-founder of the KNB EFX Group) and his production company, Precinct 13 Entertainment to produce the horror-suspense thriller, The Dead Matter. Development has been underway for several months and pre-production will officially begin March 1st. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Northeastern Ohio this August with a projected release date sometime in 2008.
Midnight Syndicate founder, Edward Douglas, will be directing the film and producing it through the newly-formed Midnight Syndicate Films division of Entity Productions, Inc. The company is in talks with Doug Bradley (Hellraiser) and Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster) to star.
The Dead Matter tells the story of a vampire relic with occult powers that falls into the hands of a grief-stricken young woman who will do anything to contact her dead brother.
â€œOne of our main goals over the past ten years has been to get into a position to remake The Dead Matter with an actual budget,â€ said Edward Douglas, who produced and directed an earlier version of the film for $2000 in 1996 before forming Midnight Syndicate. â€œThose familiar with Midnight Syndicate know that horror movies are at the core of everything we do – which is basically soundtrack CDs to imaginary horror films. Horror movies are my passion and thatâ€™s why I believe so much in remaking The Dead Matter. Co-writer Tony Demci and I have had a lot of time to take what we felt was already a good story and develop it into something that we know is really going to deliver for fans of the genre.â€
Entity Productions plans to release multiple discs of new Midnight Syndicate material in coordination with the film. â€œAs far as the next Midnight Syndicate CD goes, fans are really going to like what we have planned for the soundtrack,â€ said Gavin Goszka, who will serve as Music Supervisor for the film. â€œThe Dead Matter soundtrack CD will be in the style of our other Midnight Syndicate releases. Our plan is to integrate music from the movie with new material and atmospherics which will allow listeners to further explore the dark and supernatural world created in the The Dead Matter film.â€
Midnight Syndicate Bio
Over the past nine years, Midnight Syndicateâ€™s instrumental horror music CDs have taking fans of horror, fantasy, and the supernatural on journeys into the darkest corners of their imaginations. They have become a staple of the Halloween season, while making an impact in the haunted attraction, gothic music, amusement park, and role-playing game industries.
With a catalog of CDs that blend dark, orchestral horror movie score-style music with sound effects, the band, consisting of Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka, has had itâ€™s â€œsoundtracks to imaginary filmsâ€ featured in everything from Barbara Walters TV specials and Monday Night Football to X-Box games and King Diamond heavy metal concerts. Every October, Midnight Syndicateâ€™s music is featured in thousands of haunted attractions, amusement parks, stores, and neighborhoods worldwide to provide atmosphere for the Halloween season.
The band is currently scoring the horror film, The Rage.