The Believers

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Released 1987

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Director:
John Schlesinger
Released:
1987
Rating:
R
The Believers is the 1987 horror thriller from acclaimed director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man, The Day of the Locust, Pacific Heights), based on the novel by Nicholas Conde. After the untimely death of his wife by electrocution caused by a defective coffee maker, Minneapolis psychologist Cal Jamison (Martin Sheen, Apocalypse Now) moves to New York City with his young son Chris (Harley Cross, The Fly II). Hired by the New York City Police Department as a crisis counselor with the Psychological Services Division, Cal soon finds himself drawn into the dark underside of the city and the horrors it can hold when he's called in to try and help police detective Tom Lopez (Jimmy Smits, pre-NYPD Blue) who appears to have suffered a complete psychotic breakdown. Stumbling onto the site of one of the ritual child sacrifices, he is knocked out and, when he recovers, discovers that his police shield is missing. Like the stage actor in Rosemary's Baby, whose act of loaning out his necktie suddenly results in his going blind, the taking of Lopez's badge seals his fate. He knows the cult is going to kill him- he just doesn't know how.moreless
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    Drama, Horror, Suspense

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    Slashers, Psychological, Cult