PRODUCTION UNDERWAY ON â€œTHE DEAD MATTERâ€ HORROR-SUSPENSE FILM
CHARDON, Ohio â€“ August 10, 2007 â€“ Midnight Syndicate Films, in partnership with Hollywood FX producer Robert Kurtzman and his company, Precinct 13 Entertainment, began production on â€œThe Dead Matterâ€ feature-length, horror-suspense film, this week, in Crestline, Ohio. Chardon, Ohio-based director and producer Edward Douglas â€“ founder of the nationally-recognized Halloween horror music act Midnight Syndicate â€“ is remaking his original version of the film into Northeast Ohioâ€™s largest locally-produced and independently -funded film, scheduled for release in 2008. Filming is scheduled for the entire month of August.
Headlining the rest of the cast is Andrew Divoff of ABCâ€™s â€œLostâ€, television star Jason Carter and horror film veteran, Tom Savini. Divoff (Vellich), most recently known as the eye-patch-wearing rogue Mikhail Bakunin on ABCâ€™s â€œLostâ€, has acted in â€œWishmasterâ€, â€œAir Force Oneâ€ and Precinct 13â€™s â€œThe Rageâ€ (2007). In addition to films, Carter (Ian) has appeared in television shows including â€œBabylon 5â€, â€œBeverly Hills 90210â€ and â€œCharmedâ€. Savini (Sebed) is a 30-year veteran in the horror film genre with roles in â€œDusk Till Dawnâ€, â€œDawn of the Deadâ€, and most recently, Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s and Robert Rodriguezâ€™s â€œGrindhouseâ€.
Additional lead actors include Sean Serino (Gretchen), Westlake, Ohio-native Tom Nagel (Mike), CB Spencer (Jill) and Brian Van Camp (Mark). Midnight Syndicate voiceover artist Christopher Robichaud, originally from Chardon, Ohio, will reprise his role of Frank from a 1996 version of â€œThe Dead Matterâ€.
In addition to the main cast, two horror host legends will contribute to lineup: Dick Dyszel, better known to fans as Count Gore De Vol and Cleveland’s Big Chuck Schodowski, a 47-year television veteran and personality.
â€œHaving Big Chuck on board adds to the showcase of local talent contributing to the film,â€ said Edward Douglas. “Itâ€™s great because I grew up watching his shows, and many of the movies he featured inspired my early interest and education in the horror film genre. I’m really excited to have him and the Count on board.”
Douglas added, â€œI love Ohio and truly believe the tremendous talent pool here. It has been my dream to have the opportunity through Midnight Syndicate Films to do my part in making films of quality in this region.â€
Except for six LA-based actors, virtually all of the cast and crew are originally from, or currently reside in Ohio, including Nagel and Robichaud. The filming will take place in and around Crestline, Ohio â€“ the hometown of Robert Kurtzman (writer/producer of â€œDusk till Dawnâ€ and co-founder of the KNB EFX Group) and Precinct 13 Entertainment Studios.
About â€œThe Dead Matterâ€
Why Rule the Living When You Can Control the Dead?
â€œThe Dead Matterâ€ 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. The film is an updated remake of the 1996 film that Edward Douglas produced and directed for $2,000. Midnight Syndicate will score the film and plans to release multiple soundtrack CDs in conjunction with the tentative film release date in 2008.
â€œThis is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us, having worked 10 years toward the goal of positioning ourselves to remake â€œThe Dead Matterâ€ in a large-budget, full-scale production,â€ said Douglas. â€œWeâ€™ve taken our time to fully develop the story, and attract top talent, to deliver the best film possible for both our current fans and all fans of the horror genre.”
Gavin Goszka, â€œThe Dead Matterâ€ music supervisor, added, “The soundtrack CD will be in the style of Midnight Syndicate releases, and integrate new material and atmospherics to allow listeners to explore the dark and supernatural world created in the film.â€
About Entity Productions and Midnight Syndicate
For more than a decade, Entity Productions and Midnight Syndicate have created a new world in horror/gothic music soundtracks through blending orchestral movie score-style music with sound effects that take listeners on a journey beyond the darkest corners of the imagination. Started in 1996 by composer and director Edward Douglas, Midnight Syndicateâ€™s signature style has become a Halloween-season cornerstone through international CD distribution and exclusive license in hundreds of the world’s premiere amusement parks and haunted attractions. Compositions performed by Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have appeared in Barbara Walters TV specials, â€œThe Ellen DeGeneres Showâ€, Monday Night Football, Three Six Mafia tracks, X-Box, and official soundtracks for role-playing games such as â€œDungeons & Dragonsâ€.
Today, Midnight Syndicate has taken its craft to the new realm of film scores and film production. In 2007, the band composed the full-length score for the horror film â€œThe Rageâ€, produced by Precinct 13 Entertainment, and will supply the complete soundtrack for its own Midnight Syndicate Filmâ€™s â€œThe Dead Matterâ€ scheduled for release in 2008. For more information, visit www.MidnightSyndicate.com.