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The Believers
(1987)

Country: USA

Genre: Horror, Thriller

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Synopsis

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, soon falls under their influence. They even try to make him sacrifice his own son.

Notes

  • Directed by John Schlesinger

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Cast

  • Martin Sheen
  • Helen Shaver
  • Harley Cross
    (Chris Jamison)
  • Robert Loggia
  • Richard Masur
  • Jimmy Smits

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Some people have spoken a lot of rubbish about this movie, claiming that it constitutes a negative portrayal of the religion of Santaría. In fact, the movie distinguishes between Santaría and Brujería, and ascribes the murderous acts of the cultists to a version of the latter. There are a lot of classic, crowd-pleasing elements here: strange dances to drum music, hypnotic powers, blood sacrifices, etc. It is, in fact, an excellent follow-up to the classic "The Possession of Joel Delaney" (1972) from fifteen years previously. But the villains in this film are nearly all white yuppies. If the film is saying anything, it is saying that the rich white elites in the US and elsewhere will do anything to maintain their power and wealth, not excluding the sacrifice of their sons! I can well believe it! The acting is completely superb. Harley Cross is brilliant, a real talent. At nearly two hours it can seem quite long, but the pace and atmosphere is judged so well by the director that it never seems boring.

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Harley Cross in a Loincloth? WOW!!

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