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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)  »

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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]
Chris Jamison: MOM MOM MOM MOM... DAD HELP NO... MOM MOM MOM
Cal Jamison: [Comes running in] Chris what is it? What is...
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Referenced in NCIS: Head Case (2006) See more »

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La Finquita
Performed by Conj. Quisqueya
Courtesy of Latin American Music Co. Inc./A.C.E.M.L.A.
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Fundamentalism at it's scariest
30 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Religions and Hollywood don't always make a great match. Some films play loosely with facts, instead being more about style than substance. However, there have been times where this has been successful. Classics like 'The Exorcist' were made by people who did their homework and the result was magic. In the 1980s, one of many trends in the horror genre was cult practices in modern society. Based on Nicholas Conde's novel 'The Religion,' this offering dealing with the practice of Santeria is, in my humble opinion, one of the most underrated of or time.

Pros: Top notch performances from all involved. Excellent and often eerie score. Suspenseful direction. Taut writing. Nice cinematography. Handsome production design. Flows at a good pace. Some great twists. Frightening imagery.

Cons: Some predictability.

Final thoughts: A mild success at the Box Office in '87, 'The Believers' wasn't a favorite of critics and has since been largely forgotten. It may not be as masterful as say 'Rosemary's Baby,' but it's a far cry from being schlock also. It's got what so many genre flicks of recent times lack: heart, suspense, depth, characters we give a crap about and more. It takes it's time and gets under the skin. Do yourself a favor if you haven't seen this and rectify that now.

My rating: 5/5


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