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January 17th, 2010

The Dead Matter Video Contest

The Dead Matter movie is to be released on July 30th. Midnight Syndicate
gives filmmakers chance to have their work featured on The Dead Matter DVD and
win prizes with their 13th Anniversary Video Contest.


(Cleveland, OH) Midnight Syndicate Films has announced that The Dead
Matter
movie and soundtrack will be released on July 30th. Production on an
interactive website that allows fans to delve deeper into the world and
characters they will encounter in the movie is underway. A set of three new
trailers, the first of which will be released in February is also in production
along with a mini-documentary produced by Smudgeline Productions and other
behind-the-scenes featurettes. All of these items and more special
features to be announced soon will be included on the DVD release.

Midnight Syndicate Halloween Music is hosting a 13th Anniversary Video
Contest where filmmakers and animators can create a silent film or music video
to an existing Midnight Syndicate track. The winner will be featured on
"The Dead Matter" DVD as well as win prizes from sponsors: Screamline
Studios, Conquest Graphics, Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps, Van Helsing's Curse
Halloween music, and Midnight Syndicate. Other finalists will also win
prizes and special promotions.

Judges include legendary frontman and horror fan Dee Snider (Twisted
Sister, Strangeland), Horror FX-legends Tom Savini (Friday the 13th, Dusk Till
Dawn
) and Robert Kurtzman (producer From Dusk Till Dawn, KNB FX,
Wishmaster), as well as Edward Douglas (The Dead Matter) and Gavin Goszka of Midnight
Syndicate and producer director Gary Jones (Xena, Hercules, Boogeyman 3).

Additional information on the video contest can be found at
www.MidnightSyndicate.com . The official rules are
posted at www.MidnightSyndicate.com/videocontest.htm.

ABOUT The Dead Matter

Why rule the living when you can control the dead? . . .
Inspired by Hammer Horror Films and Tales from the Crypt. The Dead Matter tells the story of a relic with occult powers that falls into the hands of a grief-stricken young woman, whose desire to reconnect with her dead brother draws her into the supernatural world of vampirism and the living dead. Scored by Halloween music legends MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE and co-produced by Robert Kurtzman (Producer From Dusk Till Dawn, KNB FX, Wishmaster) and Gary Jones (Xena, Boogeyman 3), the movie features a mix of classic horror themes with modern twists that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Starring Andrew Divoff (Lost, CSI:Miami, Wishmaster), Jason Carter (Babylon 5, Angel), Tom Savini (Friday the 13th, Dawn of the Dead), and legendary television horror hosts Dick Count Gore DeVol Dyszel and Big Chuck Schodowski.

ABOUT Midnight Syndicate
For the past thirteen years, dark music pioneers Midnight Syndicate have been creating soundtracks for the imagination and their music has become staples of the Halloween, gothic music, haunted attraction, and role-playing game industries. With a catalog of CDs that blend dark, orchestral horror and fantasy movie score-style music with sound effects, the band consisting of Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka has had its soundtracks to imaginary films featured in everything from Hugh Hefner's infamous Halloween parties, Barbara Walters specials and Monday Night Football to X-Box games, tracks by the Academy-Award winning rap act, Three Six Mafia, and Twiztid as well as concerts by dark music pioneers The Misfits and King Diamond. The music has also been featured on countless television shows and documentaries relating to horror films and the supernatural.

Often referred to as the first Halloween band or Haunted House band, Midnight Syndicate is the industry standard for the world's top haunted attractions and amusement parks. From Siberia and Hong Kong to Europe and the United States, whether it's a store, neighborhood celebration, or even a themed-cruise, Midnight Syndicate's music has become synonymous with the celebration of the Halloween season. In September of 2009, AOL released a list of the Top 10 Best Halloween Music CDs of all time as ranked by AOL/CBS Radio listeners. Three of the ten CDs were Midnight Syndicate discs (#8, #4, and #3) ranking only behind Danny Elfman's Nightmare Before Christmas and John Carpenter's classic Halloween soundtrack.

In 2003, Midnight Syndicate made an impact in the gaming industry when it teamed up with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast to produce the first official soundtrack to the classic role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. Midnight Syndicate's 2005 release, The 13th Hour, was the first music CD to ever receive the industry's top two awards: The Origins Award and the ENnie Award for Best Gaming Accessory.

2007 saw the band, take on three new projects as they composed music for Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights XVIII, scored Robert Kurtzman's drive-in thriller, The Rage, and began work on their biggest production to date, The Dead Matter movie. In 2008, the band released it's tenth studio album, The Dead Matter: Cemetery Gates. One of their most critically acclaimed releases to date the disc was inspired by the themes from the upcoming movie.

In January of 2010, Midnight Syndicate began a year-long celebration to commemorate the 13th Anniversary of the release of itís Midnight Syndicate debut CD. A reboot of their website, the July 30th release of The Dead Matter movie and soundtrack, a 13th Anniversary Halloween Music compilation CD, fan appreciation contests, and special appearances, are just some of the major announcements the band will be making in the coming months.

WEBSITES
Official The Dead Matter website: www.TheDeadMatter.com
Official Midnight Syndicate website: www.MidnightSyndicate.com

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