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The Believers (1987)

 -  Horror  -  10 June 1987 (USA)
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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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Nothing Can Stop Them. No One Can Help You. They Know Who You Are. See more »

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10 June 1987 (USA)  »

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$18,753,438 (USA)
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One studio executive suggested having the Beastie Boys perform on the soundtrack. See more »

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Camera operator reflected in bathroom mirror when Jessica opens it. See more »

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[last lines of film]
Jessica Halliday: [smiling at Cal] I did it. We'll be safe now.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Canto Asovia
Performed by Grupo Folklorico
Courtesy of Mexicana Records
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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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