The Believers (1987)

Director
John Schlesinger

Main cast
Martin Sheen; Helen Shaver; Harley Cross; Robert Loggia; Elizabeth Wilson

Genres
Horror, Thriller

Description
Mourning the accidental death of his wife and having just moved to New York with his young son, laconic police psychologist Cal Jamison (Martin Sheen) is reluctantly drawn into a series of grisly, ritualistic murders involving the immolation of two youths.


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