The Believers

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

There's a shocking start: due to a dodgy coffee machine, Cal Jamison's wife ends up frying over spilt milk. To get over their loss, Cal (Sheen), a trick cyclist for cops, and his 7-year-old son move to New York, where they become involved with the age-old religion Santeria, which worships African spirits in the shape of Christian saints. As one little boy after another dies a grisly death - sacrificed, it turns out, in return for perpetual parental gratification - the ever more ridiculous plot encompasses auto-suggestion, voodoo, and not-so-special effects. It's not at all scary, but there's one good bit where this bubo on a woman's cheek bursts open and all these itsy-bitsy spiders scurry out. The real mystery is what Schlesinger and Sheen are doing making this schlock.


Release details

114 mins

Cast and crew

John Schlesinger
Mark Frost
Martin Sheen
Helen Shaver
Harley Cross
Robert Loggia
Elizabeth Wilson
Harris Yulin
Lee Richardson
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