The therapy program, called C.L.E.A.N. (Cerebral Lateralization Enforcement and Neuroactivation) works directly inside the brains of the patients, by defragmenting their hypothalamus, a region of the forebrain below the thalamus which coordinates both the autonomic nervous system and the activity of the pituitary, controlling body temperature, thirst, hunger, and other homeostatic systems, and involved in sleep and emotional activity. DOCTOR MOLENAAR and his colleague EMILY COLEMAN guarantee emotional and psychological relief, although each one them has a different interpretation of the therapy methods – Coleman is more clinical, Molenaar relies more on the use of the occult.
Criminal psychologist NOAH BISHOP accompanies three of his patients from the criminal ward, to the sanatorium, believing that the program can re-work the lives of these very young prisoners. Among them is ALICE who is plagued with anxiety and visions since a very young age, in particular by witnessing the gruesome murder of her own mother. The defragmentation of the hypothalamus area of the brain works like this: the patients are placed into isolation chambers and work with each other, inside the brain, to reexperience the problematic moments and change the outcome to sooth the soul and reprogram the mind. But, each time the hypothalamus of a patient gets into the “off” mode, the physical body isn’t protected and susceptible for outside forces “from beyond”. Molenaar sinister plan is a downright “reversed exorcism”: he wants to use the volunteers as an exchange for demonic creatures, waiting in the deep of the estate the sanatorium is built on – unbeknownst to Emily, but with the help of his wardens. In a supposedly self-inflicted human sacrifice, Molenaar offers himself in a fiery ritual and opens the gates to the other side.
Although many of the patients think that everything could be a hallucination, Noah, with the help of Emily – a former student of his – have to stay sane and stop Molenaar’s brutal warden team from preparing the arrival of the “beast”.
(Quelle: Dream Team Pictures)