The Believers (1987)


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We know that the makers of The Believers aren't kidding when, in the very first scene, 7-year-old Harley Cross witnesses the electrocution of his own mother. Cross' dad, psychologist Martin Sheen, moves himself and the boy to New York, in hopes of forgetting the tragedy. What he doesn't know is that his son has been targetted by the Religion of Santeria, a voodoo cult specializing in child sacrifices-and that the death of his wife was part of the Santerian's extremely complex blood ritual. Based … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Frost
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On DVD: Jan 22, 2002
Concorde/New Horizons Home Video



as Dr. Cal Jamison

as Jessica Halliday

as Lt. Sean McTaggert

as Chris Jamison

as Kate Maslow

as Donald Calder

as Dennis Maslow

as Marty Wertheimer

as Mrs. Ruiz

as Tom Lopez

as News Vendor

as Theater Detective

as Diner Counterman

as Calder's Assistant

as Calder's Assistant

as Calder's Assistant

as Chinese Couple

as Woman In Park

as Cigar Couple

as Police Patient

as Theater Cop

as Theater Cop

as Diner Detective

as Diner Cop

as Precinct Detective

as Precinct Detective

as Lead Drummer

as Park Cop

as Cigar Couple

as A.C.H.E. Secretary

as Customs Agent

as Bartender

as Mover

as Calder's Assistant

as Woman At Newstand

as Marty's Secretary

as Doctor At Hospital

as Believer

as Chinese Couple

as Believer

as African Shaman

as Chief Dancer
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Critic Reviews for The Believers

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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for The Believers


What starts out like a family drama soon enters serial thriller territory and finally ends up being a supernatural horror film. The greatest trick this film pulls is that those aspects flow into each other really well and make for a very entertaining, sometimes disturbing and ultimately exciting film. That's also thanks to the acting, particularly Sheen makes for a convincing police psychologist and father, whose son is threatened by an voodoo cult. Even though the film is clearly a child of its time (the 80s), the shocks and twists still work and the wonderfully unpleasant final punchline stays with you for quite a while. Very good!

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Voodoo cult thrillerr. Somewhat interesting, but I'm not a big Martin Sheen fan, but he does make it creepier.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

John Schlesinger's career started not far from where I live so I've often found his films interesting. Unfortunately this isn't one of his better ones. To say it is slow would be an understatement and it's really just "Rosemary's Baby" all over again. There are a couple of gore scenes to keep reminding people that it is supposed to be a horror film but there is just too much talk and not enough action.

Dr Blood  

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