The River King

Synopsis: Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after discovering from the boy's girlfriend, Carlin, that he was being badly bullied, Abel suspects that a dangerous schoolboy initiation has gone horribly wrong and he secretly solicits the help of a sympathetic teacher, Betsy. He is warned off the investigation by his boss, as the school is a generous benefactor to the Police benevolent fund. Abel, however, cannot let the case go, not only because his own brother committed suicide years before, but also it seems that the spirit of the dead boy is leaving them clues as to what really happened that night.
Director(s): Nick Willing
Production: Myriad Entertainment Group
99 min

Jeez. Come on.

Dull day.

Look, there's Doreen Barker.

What the hell are you doing?

She's gonna think that was me.

Like that's an awful thing.

She's got a great rack on her.

Abel, we just got a report from 2

kids I think you need to check out.

So what happened last night?

It's not gonna work out.

We want different things.

You can tell all that

from a first date?

You know, all she wanted

to do was talk.

That doesn't mean you have

to set a wedding date.

I live vicariously through you,

Abe. Sad but true.

And you ain't getting

enough sex for me.

Take it up with your wife.

My wife, she's got me

running ragged.

Take a look right there.

I see it.

What do you think

we're supposed to do with him?

I don't know.

Shall we yank him out?

No, we should probably

get a picture or something.

Why don't we get Kenny on the radio

and get him over here with his camera?

The Fotomart doesn't open till 10

and Kenny doesn't have a cell phone.

Keep pulling him, come on.

- Can you believe this?

- No.

You recognize him?

He's gotta be one of the kids

from the Haddan School.

What do you figure

we're supposed to do now?

I don't know. We should wait for

Forensics to come in from across county.

Probably right.

What the hell is that?

Is that blood?

Right, that's weird.

What the f*ck is that?

I have no idea.

I don't know,

something doesn't sit right.

This could be a homicide.

I got a feeling.

It could be that

or, you know...


You see that?


A kid...

in the woods over there.


I could have sworn

I just saw a kid...

You okay?


Yeah, no, I'm fine.

This place gives me

the creeps. Always did.

I think you'll be okay, Joey.

You got your gun with you.

Murder, betrayal, revenge...

ghosts, witches, sex...

drugs and sword fights

with a few jokes thrown in.

If you can find something with

all of that, that is fine by me.

They found a body

in the river this morning.

Saying it's Gus Pierce.


They're saying

he killed himself.

Who are?

I'm just telling you

what the dean told me.

A bright boy,

no doubt about it.

But he'd been behaving oddly

these last few weeks.

In what ways?

He wouldn't change

his clothes.

Wouldn't go to classes,

stayed in bed day after day.

He was in Chalk House,

you see.

Well no, actually,

we don't see.

What exactly is

the significance of that?

Only that it's our most

venerable boy's house.

We have four.

Sharpe, Otto, Denton

and Chalk.

Everyone wants to be

in Chalk.

Gus was there because of his

perfect scores in his aptitude tests.

There are distinct advantages

to being there.

They have a maid,

for instance.

A maid?

And their own parking area.

So they can have a car on campus.

It seems to pay off.

Chalk boys always graduate

top of the class.

I'm guessing that Gus wasn't

the typical Chalk House boy.

Bit of an outsider, really.

God, you know, I just feel...

terrible I didn't see

how depressed he was.

So moody sometimes, but...

I never thought

he'd commit suicide.

- We're not talking suicide.

- No-one mentioned anything about suicide.

We don't know how

this boy died.

If it's all right with you, we'd

like to take a look at his room.

Yes, of this course.

Are you trying to burn

the place down?

- Not a bad idea.

- Where's Kenny?

He's not coming.

He's over at Fotomart.

- What?

- No photographs? Why not?

Word from the Chief was: "Don't bother him.

Don't take too much time with any of...

- Come on, we need photos.

- That's what the guy said.


What a dump!

Who would have thought it?

And this is with a maid.

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