CHARDON, Ohio â€“ August 10, 2007 â€“ Midnight Syndicate Films, in partnership with Hollywood FX producer Robert Kurtzman (Wishmaster) 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.