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Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1990)

A reporter investigating the bizarre death of a woman who leaped from a building in flames finds herself mixed up in a cult of witches who are making her part of their sacrificial ceremony during the Christmas season.

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Brian Yuzna

Writers:

Richard N. Gladstein (story), Arthur Gorson (story) (as Arthur H. Gorson) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Howard ... Ricky
Neith Hunter Neith Hunter ... Kim Levitt
Tommy Hinkley ... Hank
Hugh Fink ... Jeff
Richard N. Gladstein ... Woody
Reggie Bannister ... Eli
Allyce Beasley ... Janice
Glen Chin ... Jo the Butcher
Maud Adams ... Fima
Jeanne Bates ... Katherine
Laurel Lockhart ... Ann
Ben Slack Ben Slack ... Gus
Conan Yuzna Conan Yuzna ... Lonnie
Marjean Holden ... Jane
Ilsa Setzoil Ilsa Setzoil ... Li
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Storyline

A female reporter investigates the death of a woman who, on fire, leapt off of a building to her death. Her investigation leads her to discover the existence of a strange cult dedicated Egyptan god Isis--and the cult wants her as its new queen. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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And if I die before I wake, thank you. See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Night, Deadly Night IV: Initiation See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Silent Films Inc. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This marks the first of two times Clint Howard plays a character named Ricky. He is the only actor to play him more than once (not counting archive footage). It is unclear if he is playing the same character from the first two films. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end, the Kim character has disfigured hands and when the camera cuts to the angle behind her looking forward with her, the actress' (Neith Hunter) hands are shown holding the effects/prop very clearly. See more »

Quotes

Ricky: [picks up a hamburger from the street and opens it] Oww. No fucking cheese!
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Alternate Versions

The 1996 UK video version (titled "Bugs") was cut by 8 secs by the BBFC. A shot of a man hanging by his nipples was removed. See more »

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Initiation Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Should just have been called Initiation
3 June 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Silent Night, Dead Night 4 (Otherwise known as both Initiation and Bugs) is a weird one because it's another Horror franchise that ditches the original material and goes in a new direction altogether.

The first 3 movies were about the psychotic "Naughty" Caldwell brothers, this is oddly about a coven of witches and their bug themed birthing rituals and.....yeah, it gets a bit weird.

Starring industry legend Clint Howard and Phantasm alumni Reggie Bannister this isn't as bad as you'd imagine but it's a really weird choice to veer off so dramatically.

Okay fine it can work, Halloween 3 for example is my favorite of the franchise and has nothing to do with Michael Myers.

This is passable, but weird. Also not one for those with weak stomachs, some of it is really quite grosse.

A bizzare choice of content, but it could have been worse.

The Good:

Reggie Bannister, Clint Howard and Allyce Beasley are all great

Creature effects are great

The Bad:

Just plain weird

Simply not a Silent Night, Deadly Night movie

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

All Asian people know karate chops


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