The Believers (1987) (Olive Films Blu-ray Review)

The Believers (1987) (Olive Films Blu-ray Review)

The Believers (1987) (Olive Films Blu-ray Review)

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The Believers (1987) (Olive Films Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: John Schlesinger
Starring: Martin Sheen, Helen Shaver, Harley Cross
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Where to get it: Olive Films

After the death of his wife, police psychiatrist Cal Jamison moves to New York. There he has to help in the investigation of the murder of two youths, who seem to have been immolated during a cult ritual. Jamison believes it’s been Voodoo and, ignoring the warnings of his housekeeper, enters the scenery and soon gets under their influence. They try to get him to sacrifice his own son.

There is something creepy going on in the city and we got the luck of seeing Martin Sheen ham it up as a retort to all the craziness! Don’t take that the wrong way, because seeing Sheen do his thing in this role is half the fun. There is also an odd unpredictable flavor in The Believers which I think make it a fun watch and a strange film that packs a nice mood to with the pinch of 80s flavor on top. The movie kicks off with a very horrific scene that catches you off guard and from there it is all out up in the air on just what will happen next and how this film will end. That is just the way I like it and I think the movie brings a flavor that is rarely seen. The voodoo and religion angle this one takes blinds in very well to create such a vibe that it becomes a bit of a horror hybrid. There is also the cop aspect of it that makes it seem at times like an episode of Law and Order from hell. A strange way to word it I’m sure, but trust me it is all said in a complimentary way.

The movie plays out a bit like two films, but I think that is OK. When we see that Sheen’s son (not Charlie, but the one in the movie) is next on the list it raises the tension and builds up the film very well. When the last act hits things go all buck wild and I think I liked that. The film somewhat feels when all is said and done as if it was an extended episode of The Twilight Zone or Tales from the Darkside. I’ve read some don’t care for the ending, but I didn’t mind and I think with the nature of this movie it is a rewarding fit. On the heels of the old Twilight Time release, Olive brings the goods on the transfer side of things here as well. It is a near perfect look for the film with great color and details. There are slight moments of maybe some fuzz, but all in all it is a home run as far as transfers go.


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Quality of Transfer: 95%

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