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The Initiation (1984)

While trying to understand a frightening reoccurring nightmare, a pledge is coaxed into breaking into her father's department store by her sorority sisters, where a deranged killer targets the girls and their boyfriends.

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Larry Stewart, Peter Crane (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Miles ... Frances Fairchild
Clu Gulager ... Dwight Fairchild
Daphne Zuniga ... Kelly Fairchild
James Read ... Peter
Marilyn Kagan ... Marcia
Robert Dowdell ... Jason Randall
Patti Heider Patti Heider ... Nurse Higgins
Frances Peterson Frances Peterson ... Megan
Hunter Tylo ... Alison (as Deborah Morehart)
Paula Knowles Paula Knowles ... Beth
Trey Stroud Trey Stroud ... Ralph
Peter Malof Peter Malof ... Andy
Christopher Bradley ... Chad
Joy Jones Joy Jones ... Heidi
Mary Davis Duncan Mary Davis Duncan ... Gwen
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Storyline

Kelly Fairchild has become a college student and a member of the Delta Ro Kai sorority. During all her life, she has suffered from a nightmare where a man is burning. She meets an assistant professor who can help interpret the dream. The sorority's initiation ritual is a nighttime breaking-and-entering into her father's department store. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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. . the night new blood is pledged. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Iniciação See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Hunter Tylo is married to Matthew See. See more »

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In the final shot where Nurse Higgins is murdered in her station wagon, the crew members and their equipment can be seen reflected in the passenger side windows of the car. See more »

Quotes

Kelly Fairchild: Well, the nightmare ends with this stranger coming in and fighting with my father. And the strange man ends up catching on fire and burning to death. It's always the same; the last image is of his whole body engulfed in flames.
Peter: That's beautiful. You've got all the classic symbols there; mom, dad, fire, strange men...
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version was pre-cut by 59 secs with edits to a man on fire during a nightmare scene, shots of a man being stabbed with a rake, and a sequence which intercuts the stabbing of a woman with a sex scene. The 2003 Pegasus DVD is fully uncut. See more »

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Referenced in His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009) See more »

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Texas Flash
Written by Michael Peter Kopcha and Michael James Kopcha
Performed by Michael Peter Kopcha
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Dying to be initiated
11 August 2010 | by Cujo108See all my reviews

A group of sorority pledges sneak into a mall overnight to pull off a prank that will get them initiated. Tasked with stealing the security guard's uniform, it shouldn't be too hard since Kelly Fairchild's father owns the mall, and she's one of the pledges. She has keys to get in and knows where the spare uniforms are kept, so no problem. Someone else is in there with them though, and it isn't long before bloodshed ensues.

This is actually one of my favorite slashers, a large reason for that being the creepy atmosphere of the mall at night. It has multiple levels and is unlike any mall I've ever been to. We also get a few instances of characters catching a glimpse of the killer lurking about, something that I'm a sucker for. Getting that eerie look at something out of the corner of your eye, not sure if you really saw anything at all. The killer's POV shots were extremely well-done, especially the very creepy bit of the killer observing Dwight Fairchild as he's loading his car. The score certainly helps the mood, as does some of the dreary photography in certain scenes.

Daphne Zuniga plays the lead, and I've always found her appealing even if she's not the greatest actress. Vera Miles and Clu Gulager are also on hand to add some class to the proceedings. As for the kills, they're not the bloodiest, but they get the job done just fine. The most notable death sees one of the pledges stabbed repeatedly as she holds the PA systems microphone, her screams echoing throughout the mall. On my initial viewing, I didn't see the ending coming, though there are some blatant clues when re-watching.


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