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The Believers (1987)

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

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Kate Maslow
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Carla Pinza ...
Carmen Ruiz
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Raúl Dávila ...
Oscar Sezine
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Larry Ramos ...
Diner Counterman
Philip Corey ...
Calder's Assistant
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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
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1.85 : 1
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The address shown on Lt. McTaggert's (Robert Loggia) business card is 220 E. 113th St New York, NY 10001. The phone number is 212-557-7081 See more »

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(at around 42 mins) When the second body is discovered, you can see him clearly breathing while the investigators are photographing. 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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Featured in Trailer Trauma 3: '80s Horror-Thon (2017) See more »

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Patacon Pisas
Performed by Johnny Ventura
Courtesy of Combo Record Productions
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Frightening
30 April 2002 | by 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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