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Midnight Syndicate to make The Dead Matter movie, Edward Douglas to direct. Multiple CDs planned for release with film.

Midnight Syndicate will be teaming up with Hollywood 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 film, 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. 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 currently in talks with Doug Bradley (Pinhead from the Hellraiser series) and Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster, Air Force One, Lost) to star.

"This is a really exciting time for us. One 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" said Edward Douglas who produced and directed an earlier version of the film for $2000 in 1996 before forming Midnight Syndicate. "Horror movies are at the core of what Gavin and I do in Midnight Syndicate. It's what we love and that's why we believe in remaking this particular film. Co-writer Tony Demci and I have had a lot of time to take what we felt was a good story in the original version and develop it into something very special that we know is really going to deliver for both our fans and other fans of the horror genre."

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.

The Next Midnight Syndicate CD - Entity Productions plans to release multiple discs of new Midnight Syndicate material in coordination with the film. "As far as the next Midnight Syndicate CD goes, fans are really going to like what we have planned for the soundtrack," said Gavin Goszka, who will serve as Music Supervisor for the film. "The 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."

A lot more information will be coming in the upcoming months on both http://www.midnightsyndicate.com and the official The Dead Matter website - www.TheDeadMatter.com.

Gavin Goszka explores his prog-rock roots on new solo CD

Gavin Goszka has announced that in addition to his role of Music Supervisor on The Dead Matter, he will also be recording a solo CD this summer. "This is something that I've been looking forward to doing for a while now," he states. "Until recently, we just haven't had enough of a break in our production schedule to accommodate it." Describing the project's sound as being progressive rock at heart, he is quick to point out one key similarity between it and the music of Midnight Syndicate. "I think both appeal very strongly to the imagination just in different ways."

The album will feature an original story concept, created and developed by Goszka, that promises to take the listener on an immersive journey into an exotic world filled with mystery, peril and ancient secrets waiting to be unearthed. "With Midnight Syndicate, we strive to leave the stories open enough to allow the listener to fill in the details as he or she desires. This album is completely the opposite there is a definite storyline and cast of characters here." He confesses that playing the role of fiction writer has been an exciting, although sometimes daunting, challenge. "The music has had its own set of challenges, but ensuring that the story is compelling and effective has, without a doubt, been the greatest task thus far. Add to that the fact that I want the individual tracks to be self-contained enough to stand on their own outside of the overall whole." For news and updates on the project, fans can check both http://www.midnightsyndicate.com and

The Rage update

Edward Douglas has been spear-heading the Midnight Syndicate score to Robert Kurtzman's The Ragefor the past six weeks. "It's one hell of a ride," said Douglas of the film. "Horror fans who enjoyed Dusk Till Dawn are especially going to enjoy this one. It's high octane that kicks in and doesn't stop until the end credits roll that's led to a pretty intense score so far." On a side note, fans of the metal band, Mushroomhead (also natives of the Cleveland area), will be pleased to see the band make an appearance in the movie performing anupcoming single.

Horror fans heading to the Midwest edition of Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors Convention, February 23-25 at the Wyndham Chicago O'Hare Hotel (6810 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL) will have the opportunity to meet Robert Kurtzman in person and catch a panel where he will be discussing the making of The Rage and another film he just directed entitled, Buried Alive. Fans will be able to check out an exhibit devoted to The Rage (with props, new statues, busts, etc.) and see exclusive clips from the film as well as pick up movie posters that Kurtzman will be signing for free. Kurtzman will also take part in the Fangoria Comics presentation, alongside editor Scott Licina and writer/artist Mark Kidwell (Image Comics' 68 ). This second panel will provide information on Kurtzman's comic-book debuts Bump????? and his prequel to The Rage, as well as Ray Garton's Live Girls, and Dee Snider's Strangeland: Seven Sins.

Sin-Jin Smyth update

The filmmakers behind Sin-Jin Smyth will be in Germany this upcoming week for the Berlin Film Festival. Although not part of the official competition, a version of the film will be screened for the European press. Sources close the project report that here in the United States, the producers have been asked to cut the film's dark, politically-charged, end of the world ending and cut the film into a PG-13 framework. This, is something the filmmakers have refused to do and it has reportedly made negotiations with distributors difficult.

Sin-Jin Smyth filmmakers have also had to work around a few days of action elements that they have not been able to finish shooting since their star, Roddy Piper, was diagnosed with cancer last year. We here at Entity Productions, along with all Roddy's fans worldwide, wish the best for Roddy and his family during this difficult time and look forward to his return. We also wish everyone at Snap Kick Productions the best of luck down the final stretch!

Midnight Syndicate Interviews

Check out new Midnight Syndicate interviews at Paragon Magazine and Side-Line Magazine, as well as a live interview with both Ed and Gavin on Haunted Voices Radio. Gamers should be sure to check out the interview with Edward Douglas at Pulp Gamer.

Midnight Syndicate Street Team

We need your help! If you would like to join the Midnight Syndicate street team and help us spread the word about The Dead Matter and these other Midnight Syndicate projects, please contact Sarah at sarah@midnightsyndicate.com.

Happy Haunting,

Adam Drendel
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