Three rich trustees are murdered - appearing as suicides. When a bus filled with orphans and three other rich trustees has an "accident," Colonel Bingham investigates.


Peter Sasdy


Brian Hayles (screenplay by), John Blackburn (from the novel "Nothing but the Night" by)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Colonel Bingham
Peter Cushing ... Sir Mark Ashley
Diana Dors ... Anna Harb
Georgia Brown ... Joan Foster
Keith Barron ... Dr. Haynes
Gwyneth Strong ... Mary Valley
Fulton Mackay ... Cameron
John Robinson John Robinson ... Lord Fawnlee
Morris Perry ... Dr. Yeats
Michael Gambon ... Inspector Grant
Shelagh Fraser ... Mrs. Alison
Duncan Lamont ... Dr. Knight
Kathleen Byron ... Dr. Rose
Geoffrey Frederick Geoffrey Frederick ... Computer Operator
Louise Nelson Louise Nelson ... Nurse


Three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last few months in deaths looking like suicides. However, after a mysterious bus accident involving the last three trustees and thirty orphan kids, Police Colonel Bingham (Sir Christopher Lee) starts investigating. The first question is why the bus driver, killed in the accident, is burnt when there was no fire during the accident. Dr. Ashley (Peter Cushing) uses hypnosis to find the truth about the mysterious happenings. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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In his autobiography, Sir Christopher Lee explains that while shooting this film, Lee and his friend Peter Cushing were playing golf in Thurlsdom. An angry man passing by accused them of trespassing and explained he would report them to the landlord. Lee and Cushing explained they would talk to the landlord to explain their activities before asking the landlord's name. The man replied, "His name is Charles." After Lee insisted on his last name, the man exclaimed, "Prince Charles." See more »


Despite the boat exploding sometime in the morning, the police still manage to get all the pieces of wreckage and the bodies recovered from the sea, sorted, and laid out in the boathouse well before sunset the same day. See more »


Sir Mark Ashley: The nature of the killing points to one thing: ritual murder.
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I've got a theory
14 January 2019 | by mrn104See all my reviews

I think this movie was the premis for the modern movie Get Out. It's too coincidental not to be. That being said it's not a bad movie. A little slow until the end but worth the wait. It's more mysterious than horror until the conclusion. If you're a Cushing fan I think you'll like it.

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Release Date:

June 1975 (USA) See more »

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The Resurrection Syndicate See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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