Plague, The (2006, USA) C-88m. SCOPE ** D: Hal Masonberg. Starring Jason Van Der Beek, Ivana Milicevic, Brad Hunt, Joshua Close, Brittany Scobie, Dee Wallace-Stone. Horror film with a bizarre premise: One day all children aged 10 and below fall into a catatonic state and remain that way for years (excepting daily convulsions at 10 a.m. and p.m.). Ten years later, they wake up again - as blood-thirsty zombies who kill everyone in the way. Van Der Beek and his ex-wife, nurse Milicevic, hook up with some survivors of the epidemic. Apart from recalling classics such as VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960) or INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956), film also copies ideas from George Romero's LIVING DEAD movies. Too bad the title CHILDREN OF THE LIVING DEAD was already taken! Not ineffective, well-scored, but way too derivative and peopled with underdeveloped characters you don't care about. Co-produced by Clive Barker. Also known as CLIVE BARKER'S THE PLAGUE.

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