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The Believers (1987)

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A New York psychiatrist finds that a voodoo cult, which believes in child sacrifice, has a keen interest in his own son.



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After the death of his wife, police psychiatrist Cal Jamison moves to New York. There he has to help in the investigation of the murder of two youths, who seem to have been immolated during a cult ritual. Jamison believes it's been Voodoo and, ignoring the warnings of his housekeeper, enters the scenery and soon gets under their influence. They try to get him to sacrifice his own son. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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10 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los creyentes  »

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$18,753,438 (USA)

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Tom Lopez: They know who I am!
Cal Jamison: Who are they, Tom?
Tom Lopez: Oh no no no no. How do I know about you?
Cal Jamison: Alright, I understand. You don't have any reason to trust me yet. But you don't have any reason to distrust me, do you?
Tom Lopez: The spirits help them. They walk through walls. Don't forget that.
Cal Jamison: I wont. And they can see us in here right now, is that it?
Tom Lopez: [freaks out]
Cal Jamison: What is it? Easy...
Tom Lopez: They knew that I was onto them. I walked in, and they were waiting for me.
Cal Jamison: Can you identify them?
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30 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Widowed police psychiatrist (Martin Sheen) and his young son (Harley Cross) move to NYC and get involved with a cult that believes in human sacrifices--small children especially.

Exceptionally well-made, deadly serious horror film is not for everybody. It's way too long, has some very disturbing scenes (quick closeups of a dead child's mutilated body; animal sacrifice) and it's serious tone can wear one down. Still, it's a complex, one of a kind horror film. Name all the major studio films that deal with cults, voodoo and children sacrifices--there aren't any! It's surprising this even got made.

Sheen is very good as the father, Cross is exceptional as his son. Also Robert Loggia turns in strong support as a police chief. The only bad acting is by Helen Shaver as a landlady who Sheen falls for (for some reason). Also there's a pretty needless ending.

All in all though, a good horror film, but remember--it's STRONG stuff!

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