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The Believers (1987)

A New York psychiatrist finds that a satanic 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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Release Date:

10 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los creyentes  »

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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 »


When Cal is at the hardware store trying to find the author to the Santeria book, the guy that refuses to talk to him turns off the lights and immediately disappears, despite the fact that there is still enough light that you should have seen him there or at least walking out of frame. See more »


Chris Jamison: [Pre-opening credits] Mom
Lisa Jamison: What?
Chris Jamison: [points] Coffee machine
[last lines]
Lisa Jamison: Oh Perfect
[Touches the coffee maker and gets electrocuted]
Chris Jamison: [on seeing this] Mom? Mom?
[Now screaming]
Cal Jamison: [Comes running in] Chris what is it? What is...
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Good horror film
6 June 2000 | by (Forest Hills, New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Scary, good thriller about a dangerous faction of Santeria, a Latin-American based religion which believes in animal sacrifice, which here is offerring children as sacrifices in New York. Martin Sheen is very good as a police psychologist who moves to New York with his son after his wife's bizarre death, and must deal with the very strange doings occuring around him. The fine cast includes a younger Jimmy Smits, Robert Loggia, Helen Shaver, and Harley Cross. Director John Schlesinger provides good shocks, and good the movie has a fine late 80's New York feel, even though most of it was filmed in Toronto!

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