DVD - Clive Barkerís The Plague
The film follows Tom Russell (Van Der Beek) returns home after doing time for murder to discover his hometown has gone mad when all the children of the world awaken from a mysterious ten-year coma. The ten years had served as an incubation period, during which the children who are now teenagers, had developed supernatural powers. Now awake, the bloodshed begins - and time is not on the side of the generation that came before these teenagers.
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|Release Date (USA):||2006-09-05|
|Release Date (UK):||TBA|
|Rating (UK) :||NA|
|Studio:||Sony Pictures Entertainment|
|Writer/s:||Hal Masonberg & Teal Minton (written by)|
|James Van Der Beek||Tom Russel|
|Ivana Milicevic||Jean Raynor|
|Brad Hunt||Sam Raynor|
|Bradley Sawatzky||Nathan Burgandy|
|John P. Connolly||Sheriff Cal Stewart|
|Jon Ted Wynne||Dr. Jenkins|
|David Stuart Evans||Intern|
|Katlin Mathison||Red shirt boy|
|Garth Merkeley||Human Boy|
|Jason Mitchell||Bob Dole|
|Chad Panting||Eric Russell|
|Jennifer Pudavick||Death by Sam|
|Chuck Robinson||Security Guard|
|Andrea Shawcross||Nurse #2|
|Jan Skene||Nurse Hansen|
|The DVD will be presented in both widescreen (2.35) and full screen versions with 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. Special features will include deleted scenes and commentary from cast and editor.|
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In the fall of 2005, the film THE PLAGUE was taken away from its writers and director during post. After an 8 year struggle to get the film made, the footage was re-cut from scratch by the producers without the involvement of the film's creators. Stock footage was added, new dialogue recorded, and the film completely restructured. It was released to dvd in September of 2006 at a running time of 88 minutes under the title CLIVE BARKER'S THE PLAGUE, though it was not based on any of Barker's work (it was an original screenplay by director Hal Masonberg and co-writer Teal Minton) and Barker, personally, had very little to do with the making of the film. That version of the film in no way reflects the years of hard work, creativity, or artistic intent of the writers and director of the film. It is solely and completely a 'producers' cut'.
However, after having been removed from the film, director Hal Masonberg took it upon himself to finish the film with the materials available to him (the film's dailies on dvd and a Macintosh computer-turned post-production facility) The film was originally shot in Super 35 by veteran cinematographer, Bill Butler (JAWS, THE CONVERSATION, FRAILTY), who was also not invited to partake in the film's post-production process.
The response to the Writers & Director's Cut by those who have seen it has been through the roof. However, without further support, this film may never see the light of day as the film's current distributor, Screen Gems, has no plans to release this cut.
I ask that you take a look at this site. On it you will find an hour-long documentary containing interviews with not only director, Hal Masonberg, but many others including Dee Wallace and other cast members, film authors/ journalists.
There is also a link to a petition and much more info on what happened to this film.
It is people like you and sites like yours that can make a world of difference to a film like this. All the difference, in fact. By making your readers aware of the existence of this site, we may be able to convince Screen Gems that there is an audience for this cut of the film and, perhaps, other films that have met a similar fate.
The link is:
www. spreadingtheplague. com
Thanks in advance for your interest and we hope you enjoy.