This big-budget horror movie from respected director John Schlesinger is, given its sensational premise, surprisingly dull. Psychologist Cal Jamison (Martin Sheen), who is widowed in the very effective opening scene, moves to New York City with his young son (Harley Cross) and gets a job
with the police department. Soon he is embroiled in an investigation of NYC's Santeria
religious community and its evil sect, Brujeria
, which has been sacrificing humans. As Cal digs deeper, he learns that the cult has designs on his son for their next sacrifice. Although THE BELIEVERS does
contain a few effective moments, it is marred by some unfortunate racism and a...