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Already three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last months, looking like suicides. However after a mysterious accident of a bus with the last three trustees and 30 orphan kids in it, police colonel Bingham starts investigating. First question is, how came that the dead bus driver is burnt when there was no fire during the accident? Dr. Ashley uses hypnosis to find the truth about the mysterious happenings. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
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When a strange series of deaths leads to a particular orphanage, a group of doctors realize the cause of the deaths is through a cult aimed at seeking revenge on the orphanage's board of directors and try to protect the children from the same fate.
This one was a rather heavily-flawed and problematic crime/drama that masquerades as a horror film. The main issue with this one is the fact that this one wanders around for so long on plot-points that are simply not interesting due to the facts not being centered around horror. There's nearly the whole first half devoted to this seeming series of mysteries that aren't all too thrilling, being some absolutely banal police procedural sequences about the search for the girls' mother on the way to the island and how she's getting past the different stops along the way or the tepid romance between the doctor and the reporter that becomes tired to watch as the overblown manner in which they try to get them together really does take up so much time in the film that the whole first half is spent on these issues and makes for thoroughly uninteresting watching as it becomes quite challenging getting through this part of the film. By starting so troubling with these flaws in the story, there's little for this one to get excited over as the tone is so boring and useless that there's little hope of getting back in the good graces when it becomes more of a horror film in the later stages even though some of these areas do work pretty well. There's the revelatory sequence in the woods while the party's undergoing which culminates the whole mystery in a rather chilling manner. This is helped along by the fact that the central mystery, when it gets fully fleshed-out in these later scenes, is a truly chilling and creepy premise that does make for a rather darker arc to the action than otherwise given here and really allows the action some great moments. These elements together hold the film's only real value as they give off the potentially chilling plot to string events along while the action that comes in the final half feels quite enjoyable. Otherwise, there's not a lot to like here.
Today's Rating/R: Violence, Language and children-in-jeopardy.
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