The very first horror flick to tumble out of Clive Barker's new Midnight Picture Show shingle will be something called The Plague ... and it'll be going straight to Sony Home Video a little later this year. (One hates to say it, especially when "one" is a guy who spends a lot of time reviewing direct-to-video horror movies, but -- yowch.)

I will resist casting judgment at this early time, but fans will want to know that The Plague is not actually based on a Barker work, nor did the guy work on the screenplay. Nope, Mr. Barker's acting solely as producer on his new outfit's inaugural release. (The second one, Midnight Train, is due next year -- and is based on a wonderfully nasty Clive Barker story.) The Plague was directed by first-timer Hal Masonberg from a screenplay written by Masonberg and Teal Minton (also a first-timer).

Fangoria has the scoop on the flick, and some DVD cover art, but the plot is about a plague that causes the earth's children to fall into a decade-long coma -- only to awaken with murder on their minds. No set release date for the DVD just yet, but here's a cast list just for fun: James Van Der Beek, Ivana Milocevic, Brad Hunt, and one of the true-blue horror queens: Dee Wallace-Stone.
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