SPHE Press Release: Clive Barker's "The Plague"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

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    -The Bloodshed Begins On DVD September 5 -

    CULVER CITY, CALIF. (June 26, 2006) –Sony Pictures Home Entertainment unleashes the graphic and gruesome scare-fest Clive Barker’s The Plague on DVD September 5th. Produced by master of horror Clive Barker (Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Candyman), Clive Barker’s The Plague stars James Van Der Beek (Varsity Blues, TV’s “Dawson’s Creek”) and Dee Wallace Stone (The Howling, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) in an unsettling tale about teenagers who wake up from mysterious comas to wage an unholy battle against all the generations that came before them. Written by director Hal Masonberg (Mrs. Greer) and Teal Minton, Clive Barker’s The Plague is the first feature film under Clive Barker's Midnight Picture Show label. Clive Barker’s The Plague will be available on DVD for an SRP of $24.96.


    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.


    · Widescreen (2.35) and Full screen versions of the film
    · Deleted scenes
    · Cast & editor commentary
    · Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital), French
    · Subtitles: English, French
    · Closed captions

    Clive Barker’s The Plague has a run time of 82 minutes and is rated R for horror violence/gore and language. Artwork is available at www.SPHEPublicity.com. Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at www.SonyPictures.com.

    DVD Catalog #: 14809
    DVD UPC Code: 0-43396-14809-3
    DVD Order Date: 8/3/06
    DVD SRP: $24.96
  2. Hal M

    Hal M Agent

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    THE PLAGUE: WRITERS & DIRECTOR'S CUT official site is up!

    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.

    The link is:

  3. Vincent_P

    Vincent_P Screenwriter

    Sep 13, 2003
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    You have my support, Hal. Every director deserves to have their original vision be seen.

    Vincent Pereira

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