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Horror - Clive Barker's The Plague

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Clive Barker's The Plague
James Van Der Beek, Ivana Milicevic, Brad Hunt
Directed by Hal Masonberg
Full Screen and Widescreen
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2006
88 minutes

Clive Barker's The Plague is a great horror DVD that gets you from the very beginning. This scary movie stars James Van Der Beek of Dawson's Creek fame and is sort of a Village of the Damned meets Dawn of the Dead boo fest.

One morning, parents awake to find their children, all their children under 10, are comatose. Clive Barker's The Plague quickly cuts to ten years later where a stranger is walking into what appears to be a ghost town while a radio broadcast is used as a voice-over to cover what happened over the last ten years (care centers are booming). Add to this the return of Sam, Brad Hunt, who was in prison, is Kip's uncle, and not particularly loved by his ex-wife (Ivana Milicevic) and his brother-in-law Tom (Van Der Beek who plays Kip's father). This on the eve of the great awakening.

Director Hal Masonberg does a really good job with the build up in Clive Barker's The Plague, a build up that is as creepy as the premise and the entire movie. For example, the children, who are maintaining themselves and not wasting away, are housed in the high school gym which has been turned into a huge hospital ward and Masonberg gives the viewer a great shot of it that says a lot. The kids all go into spasms twice a day at ten o'clock. All the kids born over the last ten years are in the same weird coma so governments are enforcing involuntary abortion laws.

What I really liked about this horror movie DVD is it is not your usual gore fest thin on characters and plot. The movie takes its time to build up and set up its characters and story lines before the great confrontation. The tension in Clive Barker's The Plague is constant and keeps you on the edge of your seat and when all hell breaks loose, the kids are not all right and want to kill everyone around them, it really breaks loose. It is up to Sam, his ex-wife, his brother-in-law, and a couple of nineteen year olds who infiltrated the killer kids to set things right.

The stand-off between the zombie kids and the real humans in this Children of the Damned meets Dawn of the Dead is definitely up there in terms of horror movie lore. There is the usual amount of blood and guts and body parts as well as a few graphic killings in Clive Barker's The Plague but it is the story and the acting that keep you watching more than anything else. The fact the zombies can actually learn from their mistakes and learn new tricks certainly adds to the tension here.

Of course, the hero characters in Clive Barker's The Plague break all the horror movie rules such as not killing a zombie when they have a chance to (she is family), going back to town when they can escape, and so on. Of course, the pay the price for their mistakes.

If you like a horror movie DVD with a solid story, constant tension, and quite a few boo moments, this one is certainly going to please and scare you.

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