REVIEWS AND FEATURES
BEST MOVIE - 2011 FULL MOON HORROR FESTIVAL
BEST DIRECTOR - 2011 FULL MOON HORROR FESTIVAL
BEST SOUNDTRACK - 2011 GOLDEN COB AWARDS
BEST MOVIE - 2011 LATE NIGHT HORROR FESTIVAL
Fangoria Magazine (#297) - FANGORIA'S 'DVD OF THE MONTH' (OCTOBER 2010) - "Plays like a vulgar episode of 'Scooby-Doo' crossed with 'Night of the Creeps'... the music is fantastic... Douglas clearly put his heart and soul into this project, and it shows... fans should flip their brainpans for it."
Joblo.com (Arrow in the Head) - "Now THIS is what you want every single time you see an indie horror flick... a good comic-book esque horror yarn that uses practical effects and feels like a nasty Halloween party... The score is fantastic and atmospheric... a ton of fun, has great blood and guts, some hot lead characters, wonderful scenery-chewing horror actors and a sense of fun about it. What more can I say?"
Bloody-Disgusting - BLOODY DISGUSTING's KEENAN 'HORROR GUY's 'TOP 10 HORROR FILMS OF 2010' "...just as haunting and creepy as the soundtracks they produce every year... I hope to see more installments in the near future just as good as this one."
National Horror Examiner - "Great casting, humor, some cool gore, wicked FX by Robert Kurtzman, fantastic set design, awesome atmosphere, a unique take on vampire lore, and a phenomenal score make 'The Dead Matter' one of my favorite films of the last 2, or 3, decades!"
Stiff Mag (#6) - "...a brilliantly crafted dark-fantasy horror film that brings some much needed credibility back to the genre. Highly recommended for anyone wanting new, original, quality horror. This film really delivers - 5 out of 5 scars on the indie scale!"
Xomba's Horror Channel - "Douglas has managed to brilliantly craft a horror fest with gore, humor and most importantly, a unique depth that many low-budget films lack entirely... The characters in 'The Dead Matter' are well-rounded, and the movie's fast pace allows it to take the viewer for a spooky ride, throwing in some laughs here and there... (Douglas) does a fine job transforming his creative mind for music into a breeding ground for horrifyingly new ideas to bring to the horror genre's plate."
Wicked Channel - "True indie movie gold! ... a breath of fresh air, showing that horror movies can still be effective but yet have heart and humor... a must-see!"
Benevolent Street - "...a very interesting and well blended smoothie of zombie and vampire goodness... the sound is amazing. The twists, visuals, ocassional humor and sound are enough to keep the viewer interested from start to finish... Having already tackled the musical side of the horror genre... it should be no surprise to see Douglas climbing the ladder in the horror industry as a director. "The Dead Matter" can be considered a terrific start."
Virus Magazine (#45 - Germany) - "...a stylish, atmospheric, cool, 'creepy-flick' with a f---ng awesome soundtrack... Strictly recommended!"
Horror News - "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!"
FEARnet - "...fast-paced and full of memorable moments. Midnight Syndicate always set out to provide a spooky good time with their music, with no other pretensions, and their first venture into filmmaking reflects that same spirit. It all makes for a solid debut, and I'm already looking forward to their next outing."
Talk of Horrors - "I had heard good things about this movie, with Fangoria, Arrow in the Head and FEARnet singing its praises. So, does it live up to the hype? For the large part, yes. ...refreshing to see someone who thinks outside of the box. (8/10)"
Best-Horror-Movies.com - SMALL SPOILER ALERT - "...stellar performances by Divoff and Savini... good character development... I enjoyed the humor in the film and caught myself laughing out loud several times. In fact, the more I think about this movie the more I want to watch it again."
Famous Monsters of Filmland - SMALL SPOILER ALERT - "Yes, they DO matter!...recommended Halloween viewing."
Killer Reviews - "There is so much to like about this film... If you are looking for a fun film to watch this Halloween this is one to add to your list... You will be quoting lines from the movie all day and get another good laugh out of it again!""
Movie Crypt - "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... "
Macabre Mansion - "This film breaks all the rules when it comes to the crap that Hollywood has been producing for years now. It's not all blood, guts and gore (or) a collection of mind numbing fast cut scenes that will make you want to claw your eyes out... a fantastic supporting music score... from beginning to end this film tells a story...actors do a top-notch job... filmmaking at it's finest."
28 Days Later Analysis - "Totally enjoyable. The details have really gone into the production and the result is extraordinary... this reviewer encourages you to get your bloodlust fix in this well-written, well-orchestrated and comedic production. Totally enjoyable... here is one strong vote for more material from Douglas and his company Midnight Syndicate Films."
Horrorview - "...fun villains, unsuspecting heroes, some great visual gags, and a fantastic score. What's not to like? ...one of the most well-rounded special edition DVD's available in independent film."
Shallow Graves - "One of the better indies that I've seen in a long time ...definitely a film that you should say that you have seen. With the tagline of 'Why rule the living when you can control the dead?' Edward Douglas did a few things that I wouldn't have even thought of which were fresh additions to this concept ...with little nuances that would make a serious horror lover smile."
Zombie Info - "A good time and fun as f--k... WELL worth picking this one up."
13th Hour Magazine - "Douglas does a great job keeping the film moving right along through twists and turns... while giving a tip of the hat to classic horror movie themes and styles... an entertaining movie... one can only hope that we'll soon see more from them."
Dark Beauty Magazine (October 2010) - "this fun sure-to-be-classic film will provide campy scares and laughs every Halloween to come."
Drive-In of the Dead - "...The clever plot, the gnarly make-up, the perfect score (that had many nods to Midnight Syndicate's past), and a healthy mix of b-movie charisma make this film a refreshing change from the usual horror schlock that Hollywood churns out. It's always a thrill to see when a group of filmmakers 'get it.' For me, the dead definitely matter!"
Wildside Cinema - "...a total mish-mash of sub-genres that mix and mingle together to make a completely original viewing experience... director Edward Douglas,'music composer extraordinaire', provides really solid moments of suspense with his set-ups, camera work, and music... I don't usually say this but this DVD is worth a purchase... a beautifully produced release with a lot of extras."
House of Horrors - "...an effective, blood filled addition to zombie lore while offering an interesting story twist that keeps you watching till the very end.... 'The Dead Matter' is home grown down and dirty horror made by folks that simply love it, appreciate it and respect it. You can't ask for more than that... (also) Easily one of the best "special feature" packages that I have seen in a while."
Zombos Closet - "I recommend this... a well thought out treat for Halloween"
Hayes Hudson's House of Horror - SPOILER ALERT - "...a great film and one that is definitely going into my collection... visually beautiful... acting is top-notch. I can't recall the last time I saw vampires and zombies in the same film, but director Edward Douglas does a fantastic job of weaving them both together in the story."
B-Movie Man - "...stands out amid the myriad field of zombie horror. The film mixes in a touch of humor with its gore, but doesn't go over the top looking for laughs... a fusion of the zombie and vampire genres (with) unexpected twists..."
Bastards of Horror - "a clever entertaining mix of horror, fantasy, and mythology ... I give it a 3 (out of 4) stars and a must have."
Eric Morse Show - "...with a wonderful character driven story, intelligent use of gore and special effects, and vampires and zombies as they should be, 'The Dead Matter' is just what the horror fan ordered....I give it four stars."
Shockya - "...a must-see for fans of the music group and the horror genre."
Chateau Grrr - "With an impressive cast and entertaining special effects, 'The Dead Matter' is a fun and functional film that merits a couple of viewings. 4 out of 5 stars."
Horror Addicts - SPOILER ALERT - "What truly makes 'The Dead Matter' a film to watch is how they were able to tie all these horror elements together in a unique story... that and, of course, the music by Midnight Syndicate... a film many horror fans will enjoy."
MantaRay Pictures (Terry Wickham) - "very entertaining... It's ambitious for a low-budget film and Writer/Director Edward Douglas pulls it off... plays like something made from another era of horror because of it's unique qualities..."
Nightmare Revue - "The sort of blending of Fantasy and Horror in 'The Dead Matter' just isn't something you see much... a solid entry for Edward Douglas and Midnight Syndicate. It aims to do a little bit of everything and is actually able to succeed."
Geek In The City (review starts at 44:10) - "...really cool and fun! In a market flooded with 'Saw' and 'Hostel,' its a lot of fun to see an old-school, over-the-top Hammer-style horror movie and 'The Dead Matter' fits that"
FrightAsylum - "a lot of fun, very retro 80s... highly recommended, 3 skulls"
BluRay-Disc.de (Germany) - "'The Dead Matter' is a convincing B-movie for all die-hard genre-fans who value deeper substance more than fancy special effects and lots of gore."
Living Dead Media - "Mr. Douglas has done extraordinary work with this film. It will keep the viewer engaged throughout (with) a little of everything that horror film fans most want to see."
BuyZombie - SMALL SPOILER ALERT - "A really fun romp that feels like a throwback to classic horror films of days gone by. I suggest picking this one up as it'll grow on you (like an infection) the further in you get."
Cult Cuts Magazine - "The film is an interesting yarn... but it is the music that is by far the strongest element... the soundtrack is lush and at times borderline epic. Hearing it certainly makes one think about how great it would be to see Douglas and his crew helm a period piece (though that might be the Hammer fan girl in me)."
Radio Casbah - "the musical fiends at Midnight Syndicate have always done it right. And you, my friends are in for a treat. Great god. Take a deep breath and sit back. Alone playing in the background, the music's scary enough. Just add a vivid imagination, and you'll be set for quite a while."
Life Between Frames - "...this sucker is the kind of movie that gives certain Indie Horror a good name, as it has plenty of humor, Gothic ambiance, and engaging plot points to make it worth seeing."
Witch's Hat Blogcast (review starts at 1:07:00) - "...the humor, acting, story, and direction are well done to create a fun, highly entertaining genre romp that goes just deep enough to satisfy horror cravings while still producing smirks and chuckles."
Rogue Cinema - "Delightful fun... The DVD extras are action-packed too, with enough features to keep a horror fan entertained for hours, if not days."Night of the Living Podcast (review starts at 11:52) - MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: In NOTLP style, this is a very entertaining review but recommended for people who have already seen the movie -"I was really worried because I like Midnight Syndicate but film is a different format for them... I was pleasantly surprised... this is a really solid film."
Falls News Press - "a lot of fun... 'The Dead Matter' has a bit of everything... a bit of dark humor...more than a few scenes that made me jump and a couple of plot twists I did not see coming... Midnight Syndicate fans will not be disappointed by the excellent music."
Interviews and Features
Monsters From the Basement - Audio interview with Donna Williams, Brian Van Camp, and Edward Douglas
Horror Addicts - Interview with Edward Douglas
Cleveland Plain Dealer - Feature Story
IMCDb - The Dead Matter listing on the Internet Car Database (IMCDb)
Rue Morgue - Interview with Edward Douglas
Black Gate - Interview with Edward Douglas
TheoFantastique - Interview with Edward Douglas
Mail Order Zombie - Interview with Edward Douglas
Horrorview - Interview with Edward Douglas
Terror Transmission - Interview with Edward Douglas
Wired - Interview with Edward Douglas
Jimmy Star Show - Interview with Edward Douglas
Barrel O' Fun (Vol. 11 Issue 2) - Interview with Edward Douglas
Famous Monsters of Filmland - Interview with Edward Douglas
Akron News Now - Radio interview with Gavin Goszka and Edward Douglas and article
Drive-in of the Dead - Interview with Edward Douglas
TheoFantastique - Interview with Edward Douglas
Zombos Closet of Horror - Interview with Edward Douglas
Revenant Magazine - Interview with Edward Douglas
Rue Morgue Magazine Issue #73 - Feature Story
FEARnet - Interview with Edward Douglas
Indie Flix - Video interview with Edward Douglas
Geek in the City - Interview with Edward Douglas
Scars Magazine Volume 2, Issue 6 - Cover Story
Shallow Graves Magazine Issue 4 - Cover Story
Midwest Films - Interview with Edward Douglas
Creature Feature - Video interview with Edward Douglas
Horror View - Interview with Edward Douglas
Dr. Gore's Funhouse - Interview with Edward Douglas
Witch's Hat Blogcast - Interview with Edward Douglas followed by a review of the film
JoBlo.com presents Arrow in the Head - June 3, 2010
Black Gate - June 3, 2010
Geek in the City - June 1, 2010
Therapy of Terror - May 29, 2010
Flames Rising - May 29, 2010
House of Horrors - May 29, 2010
28 Days Later Analysis - May 28, 2010
Horror Society - May 28, 2010
Fangoria - May 27, 2010
Behind the Thrills - May 27, 2010
Bloody Disgusting - May 27, 2010
FEARnet - May 27, 2010
ShockYa.com - May 27, 2010
Shock Till You Drop - May 27, 2010
Dread Central - May 27, 2010
USA Today - May 27, 2010
Movie Crypt - February 3, 2010
Examiner - February 2, 2010 - Feature
Killer Reviews - February 2, 2010
Rotting Flesh Radio - January 21, 2010
Horror-Movies.ca - January 20, 2010
Geek in the City - January 20, 1020 - Feature
Everything Scary - January 17, 2010
FEARnet - January 14, 2010 - Feature
Dread Central - January 14, 2010
Scars Magazine - January 14, 2010
JoBlo.com presents Arrow in the Head - January 14, 2010 - Feature
Bloody Disgusting - January 13, 2010
Horror Hound Magazine - January 13, 2010
Shock Till You Drop - January 13, 2010
Horror Society - January 13, 2010
Horror News - January 13, 2010
Girls and Corpses Magazine - November 19, 2009 - Feature
Jim O'Rear's Scars Magazine Blog - October 4, 2009 - Feature
Cleveland's Scene Magazine - October 4, 2009
Chagrin Valley Times - Ocyober 4, 2009
The Plain Dealer - October 3, 2009 - Feature
Girls and Corpses Magazine - October 2009 - Feature
Cleveland's Scene Magazine - June 15, 2009
Examiner - June 15, 2009 - Feature
Jorror-Movies.ca - May 19, 2009
Everything Scary - May 17, 2009
JoBlo.com presents Arrow in the Head - May 14, 2009
Horror Society - May 13, 2009
Bastards of Horror - May 13, 2009
FEARnet - May 13, 2009
Moviehole - May 13, 2009
Screem Magazine Issue #17 - October 21, 2008 - Feature
JoBlo.com presents Arrow in the Head - September 18, 2008
Horror Society - September 18, 2008
Movie Crypt - September 17, 2008
ShockYa.com - September 15, 2008
Grave Concerns E-Zine - September 15, 2008
Oh My Gore - September 14, 2008
House of Horrors - September 13, 2008
Bloody Disgusting - September 13, 2008
Dread Central - September 12, 2008
Horror-Movies.ca - June 3, 2008
Dread Central - May 28, 2008
ShockYa.com - May 27, 2008
Bastards of Horror - September 25, 2007
The Cabinet - September 13, 2007
Horror-Movies.ca - September 12, 2007
Paragon Magazine - September 12, 2007
ShockYa.com - September 12, 2007
Horror Society - September 12, 2007
Dread Central - September 12, 2007 - Feature
JoBlo.com presents Arrow in the Head - September 12, 2007 - Feature
FEARnet - September 12, 2007
Everything Scary - September 12, 2007
Creepy Cleveland - August 30, 2007
WKYC NBC Cleveland - August 29, 2007 - Feature
The Cleveland Plain Dealer - August 29, 2007 - Photo Gallery
The Columbus Dispatch - August 27, 2007 - Cast and Crew Interviews
House of Horrors - August 26, 2007 - Exclusive on set Article
Dread Central - August 20, 2007 - Feature
JoBlo.com presents Arrow in the Head - August 20, 2007 - Feature
ESplatter - August 19, 2007
Everything Scary - August 19, 2007
Dread Central - August 19, 2007 - Feature
House of Horrors - August 19, 2007 - Feature
ShockYa.com - August 18, 2007
ShockYa.com - August 15, 2007
Horror Society - August 15, 2007
Oh My Gore - August 15, 2007
The Cabinet - August 13, 2007
FEARnet - August 13, 2007
Everything Scary - August 13, 2007
Oh My Gore - July 7, 2007
Everything Scary - July 3, 2007
FEARnet - July 2, 2007
JoBlo.com presents Arrow in the Head - July 2, 2007 - Feature
The Cabinet - July 2, 2007
Dread Central - July 2, 2007 - Feature
ShockYa.com - July 2, 2007
Oh My Gore - June 29, 2007
Horror Society - June 21, 2007
JoBlo.com presents Arrow in the Head - June 18, 2007
Bloody Disgusting - June 17, 2007
Icons of Fright - June 17, 2007
Dread Central - June 17, 2007 - Feature
House of Horrors - June 16, 2007
NukeTown - March 26, 2007
Dragons Landing Inn - February 20, 2007 - Podcast
Really Scary - February 13, 2007
Movie Crypt - February 13, 2007 - Feature
MoviesOnline.ca - February 12, 2007
The Cabinet - February 11, 2007 - Feature
Horror Society - February 8, 2007
JoBlo.com presents Arrow in the Head - February 7, 2007 - Feature
House of Horrors - February 6, 2007
Dread Central - February 6, 2007 - Feature
ShockYa.com - February 6, 2007