The Plague (2006 film)

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The Plague
The Plague VideoCover.jpeg
Directed byHal Masonberg
Written by
  • Hal Masonberg
  • Teal Minton
Produced byClive Barker
Jorge Saralegui
Martin Wiley
Matt Milich
Tim O'Hair
Anthony DiBlasi
CinematographyBill Butler
Edited byEd Marx
Music byLászló Reményi
Distributed bySony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date
  • September 5, 2006 (2006-09-05)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Plague (also known as Clive Barker's The Plague) is a 2006 horror film directed by Hal Masonberg and written by Masonberg and Teal Minton. It was produced by Clive Barker.


In 1983, simultaneously one day all of the world's children under the age of nine fall into a catatonic state. For the next ten years, every child who is born, is born in a state of catatonia. During this state, the children experience seizures twice a day and seem to develop superhuman strength. In 1993, all the children wake up, hell-bent on killing all adults. Things get even worse when the adults realize the children have a sort of collective brain—what one learns, they all learn. The children get smarter by the hour. First they disable the engines in almost every car and then set up roadblocks to stop the adults from escaping. Then they learn how to use firearms. The children also take the souls of the ones they kill as a part of deliverance. The adults must find a way to stop them before it's too late.



The Region 1 DVD was released September 5, 2006.[1] The Plague: Writer's & Director's Cut, exists but has, to date, has remained unreleased.[2]


Bloody Disgusting rated it 3/5 stars and wrote, "But even as the premise of The Plague continues to titillate and intrigue, the film can’t quite deliver on its promise, rendering it slightly entertaining and ultimately forgettable."[3] Steve Barton of Dread Central rated it 2/5 stars and wrote, "Clive Barker may have in some way produced this mess and lent his name to it, but rest assured there’s nothing Barker-esque about it. All that's here is a giant missed opportunity which — pardon the really bad, yet fitting pun — you should avoid like the plague."[4] Scott Weinberg of DVD Talk rated it 2.5/5 stars and wrote that it does not live up the premise, instead "devolving into yet another (and very stale) zombie-type chase thriller".[5] David Johnson of DVD Verdict wrote, "The Plague is an inscrutable movie that starts out strong, but loses forward momentum, eventually grinding to an awkward halt."[6]

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  1. ^ Miska, Brad (2006-09-05). "Horror in Your House for September 5th". Bloody Disgusting. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  2. ^ Weinberg, Scott (2008-12-10). "Fan Rant: How Sony Sank 'The Plague'". Moviefone. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  3. ^ "The Plague (V)". Bloody Disgusting. 2006-09-25. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  4. ^ Barton, Steve (2006-08-09). "Plague, The (DVD)". Dread Central. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  5. ^ Weinberg, Scott (2006-08-12). "The Plague". DVD Talk. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  6. ^ Johnson, David (2006-09-05). "Clive Barker's The Plague". DVD Verdict. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-08.

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