The Dead Matter, 2010

The Dead Matter is a direct to DVD film that is brought to us by friends, Midnight Syndicate.  The film takes us into a world were a young woman is distraught over the death of her brother.  She wishes so much that she would be able to talk to her brother one more time and ease her fears about his death.  Then something happens that will give her hope that she may get that chance, but there is a problem: Others want what she has. They are in search of the very item she now cherishes and want it back.

The Dead Matter stars Andrew Divoff (Vellich), Jason Carter (Sebed) and Tom Savini (McCallister). Sean Seriono is the actress who plays Gretchen, the young woman who wishes to talk to her dead brother. The rest of the cast is filled out by a lesser known actors but they each bring their own uniqueness to this very unique film. 

The film opens in what appears to be a horrible nightmare scene. Zombies are marching on a small town. We see Vellich leading them as they move in to kill everyone in sight.  This appears that it could be the end for the town, and possibly more.  However, at the last moment, McCallister and friend Mark, come along and take a magical Relic from Vellich to stop the Zombies.

The pair leaves the country and finds their way to the United States, but they are not alone.  Vellich has followed them. As they approach a spot to destroy the relic, things go bad. Vellich kills Mark, but in doing so looses the relic, leaving his body where it laid.

We are later introduced to Gretchen and her small group of friends.  They go out into the woods one day to play with a book and try to call upon the spirit of her dead brother.  They stumble upon the place where Mark had been killed and more importantly the relic is found. Gretchen does not know of its powers at this time but as the movie progresses she will slowly learn of its strength.  However, as the relic is used, Vellich will hear it’s call and do anything he must to obtain the relic.

The Dead Matter is a film that many horror fans will enjoy.  The film does a great job of tying together many different horror movie creatures we have seen before.  Viewers will find not just Zombies in this film, but also Vampires. Vellich is one of them that still believes in the old ways, but at the same time a new group is introduced to us.  This group is lead by Sebed and their plans are different but both Vampires want that relic. There is also the use of magic and the occult in this film as Gretchen and her friends try to tap into the supernatural.

The film has other elements that may leave you a bit speechless but at the same time, some may leave you laughing.  One of the more disturbing scenes is when Gretchen is dreaming and she finds herself in a class room.  A teacher is asking a young boy a question and when the boy gets it wrong, the teacher gives the rest of the class a chilling order.  The instruction? They may eat their classmate.  At the same time, laughs will be found when we watch what Gretchen does with the now dead Mark who answers the call of the relic.  His zombie form is treated to some unique moments including having a beer in a local bar.

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.  There is not just the chase for the relic, but there are other stories going on as well.  We get to know Gretchen and her friends and you may even find yourself feeling for her.  You may understand the wanting to speak to a dead relative especially someone so close to you as a brother.   This after all is what may have given us a reason for the title of the film.  It’s not strange that after someone leaves us we think of them and long to see them.  I mean, we don’t forget the dead. They still MATTER to us.  Of course, there is one additional thing about this movie that makes it worthwhile and that is it’s music, which was provided by Midnight Syndicate.

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