Sunday, October 28, 2012
New York City, 1987: a memorable place and time for cinematic voodoo. Occult-loving audiences were first given Angel Heart and then The Believers, the one and only horror movie made by John Schlesinger, the English director best known for the likes of Midnight Cowboy and Marathon Man, and the second of only two horror movies featuring Martin Sheen. Here, an ultra-likable Sheen plays Cal, a suddenly single father whose path accidentally crosses with a Santeria cult known to sacrifice animals… and children. And to make matters worse, they take an active interest in his boy. A genuinely chilling—and severely underappreciated—film rich with mood and character.