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The Initiation of Sarah (1978)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | TV Movie 6 February 1978
A withdrawn young girl joins an unpopular sorority in college. It turns out she has psychic and telekinetic powers, and she uses them against a rival sorority.

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Mrs. Erica Hunter
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Paul Yates
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Jennifer Lawrence
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Patty Goodwin
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Scott Rafferty
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Alberta 'Mouse'
Elizabeth Stack ...
Laura O'Neil
Deborah Ryan ...
Bobbie Adams
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Barbara
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Allison
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Freddie
Jennifer Gay ...
Kathy Anderson
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Regina Wilson
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A withdrawn young girl joins an unpopular sorority in college. It turns out she has psychic and telekinetic powers, and she uses them against a rival sorority.

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Horror | Thriller

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A Iniciação de Sarah  »

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When Sarah comes down the stairs to go to for the birthday party for Paul Yates, her hair seems suddenly much longer than it was moments before. See more »

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References Carrie (1976) See more »

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Quirky Charm
18 October 2005 | by (Salem, NH) – See all my reviews

I won't pretend that this made for TV film is one of the greatest horror movies I've ever scene (what made for TV horror film is?). However, it has a certain unexplainable quirky charm about it that makes it a very enjoyable film. I often feel the same way about 80's films that love watching and I don't know quite why. It has that certain unexplainable magic similar to the 1986 "The Canterville Ghost" (which is a Family Comedy). I tend to like all sorts of mystery's with secret rooms and antient stories. I liked the story, however I wasn't 100% satisfied with the ending. All actors involved gave great performances, which alone is worth the viewing.

This is perfect for a midnight movie when you just want to sit back and throw something one when you're tired. Don't hope for a masterpiece, but enjoy the overall feel and vibe of this pleasantly quirky film.


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