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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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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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When Jessica and Cal are participating in the Santeria ceremony, Jessica is sprayed with chicken blood. The blood initially hits the edge of her shirt near her neck. In a following shot, that part of her shirt is completely clean. 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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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Toro Mata
Performed by Celia Cruz
Courtesy of Latin American Music Co Inc./A.C.E.M.L.A.
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Frightening
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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