The zombie flick, ‘DEAD SQUAD’ turns a friends’ paradise getaway through the jungle into an unbelievable fight for survival inside an ancient temple of death.

Los Angeles, CA – October 18, 2018 –

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As Dominik Hauser’s directorial debut, DEAD SQUAD: TEMPLE OF THE UNDEAD follows a friends’ getaway on a tropical island, river rafting through the exotic jungle. Their paradise troubles begin when they carelessly veering off the main river onto a narrowing tributary to stop and rest. Realizing that their rafts have joined the river currents, the friends embark on foot to try and find their way back. But along the way, they discover a large ruined temple, and decide to go into the lightless edifice and explore.

The film’s musical score, also composed by Hauser, serves to enhance the drama of the story, humanizing the interaction of characters and intensifying the emotional anxiety, shock, and terror of the zombie incursion. Unsure if the friends will ever escape the temple of the undead, the film’s score enhances the characters by associating each with specific musical motifs and themes that underline behavior and emotive reactions.

In the beginning of DEAD SQUAD, there are a few musical nods to the ‘80s with a couple synthy throwback cues. As DEAD SQUAD continues, the score uses more of a percussive, orchestral vein, to create a sense of timeliness. But at the end of the film, DEAD SQUAD features a score that is a hybrid mix of digital orchestra samples performed largely on keyboard. Alongside are live musicians, who enhance the sampled orchestra music and provide the score with more of an organic sound.

The end credits begin with the song, “Death Show,” written by Hauser and Alex Acosta, who also rapped against the grungy guitar riff. The concluding credits play over the second song, “We Are Not Afraid,” a pre-existing song licensed from Basement Strippers. “I thought the lyrics, ‘we are not afraid,’ would be perfect and the whole vibe of that song is really fun. It made a good end piece for the film,” stated Hauser.

Capturing the obligatory zombie blood-splatter, DEAD SQUAD is unique for its framing story. Based on real events, the stylized ‘80s horror-adventure utilizes the basic concept of the Nazi/CIA underground facility for experimentation, which was responsible for creating and then unleashing the zombie hordes to menace our heroes in the first place.

Listen to the soundtrack for ‘DEAD SQUAD’ on iTunes and Spotify today – LINKS!!!!

Join the home of the undead and mysterious monsters with the soundtrack of DEAD SQUAD, which creates original sound waves of ‘80s horror nostalgia. If you’re brave enough to face something far more sinister than zombies, join the cast and crew of DEAD SQUAD for its premiere at the Laemmle Town Center 5 (17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316) on Oct. 21st. With an exclusive red carpet at 6:30, DEAD SQUAD will start at 7:30.

To attend with press passes and/or for exclusive interviews, please contact jenna@tricoast.com.

Available on VOD Oct. 23rd, DEAD SQUAD: TEMPLE OF THE UNDEAD stars Erika Ervin (American Horror Story: Freak Show), Conan Stevens (Game of Thrones, The Hobbit), Carma Sharon (A Very Odd Engagement, 2:22), Alina Carson (Gray Ground, DatingZoe), Jonathan Looper (Happy Hunting, My Only Sun), Elizabeth Morse (Halfworlds, Left Behind), Ryan Sobolski (17 Minutes), Bianca Zouppas (Our Best Selves), Peer Metze (Million Dollar Arm, Robotropolis Joker Game), Stephen Dixon and Guy Talon.

DEAD SQUAD: TEMPLE OF THE UNDEAD (2018, 90 min.) Directed by: Dominik Hauser. Written by: Dominik Hauser and Nancy Thornhill. Produced by: Dominik Hauser, Christopher Hatton, Orlando Bassi. Edited by: Eva Contis. Original Music: Dominik Hauser. Cinematography: Ariel Salati. USA, English. Black Rice Production, Movie Studio Bali, Six17 Films, TriCoast Worldwide, DarkCoast.

Produced by: Black Rice Production, Movie Studio Bali, Six17 Films.

DarkCoast is a division of TriCoast Entertainment:

A new home for story-driven American films, TriCoast Entertainment is a full service media company that creates, produces, manages and distributes unique and unusual entertainment. Bringing together filmmakers, distributors, financiers, and technologists, TriCoast Entertainment embraces change by redefining the production and distribution model for indie filmmakers.

Founded by: Strathford Hamilton and Marcy Levitas Hamilton.

Six17 Films:

Six17 Films is a production company started by Filmmaker Dominik Hauser. Before taking a seat in the director’s chair, Hauser has a career as a film composer.


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