The Believers
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A police psychologist and his school-age son become embroiled in the machinations of a mysterious cult religion in this thriller from director John Schlesinger. After his wife is electrocuted in a freak accident, Dr. Cal Jamison (Martin Sheen) and his son, Chris (Harley Cross), move back to Manhattan, where Cal went to school. When not spending time with his son and surrogate extended family -- husband-and-wife anthropologists Kate (Elizabeth Wilson) and Dennis Maslow (Lee Richardson) -- Cal settles into his new job and romances his landlady, Jessica Halliday (Helen Shaver). Soon, though, a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It was an especially smart move to cast Daniel Benzali as the cult's leader, The Teacher."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"John Schlesinger and the horror film should never have met"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"An intense, gripping and serious horror film. Has aged quite well since its theatrical release."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"a few shocks amid a lot of voodoo hoodoo"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Not as creepy as the book, but hey, it'll do in a pinch."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Dry and obvious cult thriller that starts out ugly and then just gets more and more confused."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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