Clive Barker’s The Plague (2006) is not based on Clive Barker’s writing, but he produced it, so he got to put his name on it. And truth be told, I probably wouldn’t have put it on the watch list had it been for his name, and that would’ve been my loss.
This is an unexpected delight. While it’s not 100% original, nor does it make sense all the time, it is a great story. It begins with all the children nine and under around the world going into a coma simultaneously. Somehow, they wake up once Tom Russel returns home after being in prison for killing someone in a bar fight.
It’s survival horror, similar to zombies, and these now awakened children are that in a way. I didn’t understand how their muscles were fully developed after being in a coma for ten years. They never indicated that the kids were given exercise during this period, though I guess that’s what happened; otherwise, they’d be scrawny weaklings.
When they wake, they share the same mind and do things based on the hive’s needs. At one point, they are killing everyone brutally, then there’s a change, and they start absorbing the minds of the people they kill. I didn’t understand this either. When Tom discovers this, he comes up with a plan to save the world from them.
I hate to cut this short, but this is one of those movies that you need to see to understand, and if I gave any spoilers, they wouldn’t make sense. Even with the unanswered questions I had for Clive Barker’s The Plague, I gave it 4 out of 5 Stars.