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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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Jason Randall
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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 original director, Peter Crane, was said to have European art house sensibilities that clashed with the producers desires to make a mainstream slasher film. He still managed to direct a few scenes before being replaced, which remain in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Kelly's mother runs outside to give her husband his glasses. Just after she mentions him "forgetting his head if it wasn't attached" the scene cuts to the car driving away. On the left, there is a crew member standing with his arms crossed. See more »

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Peter: Mother, father, mirrors...
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) 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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a gruesome film
16 July 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Have you ever had dreams that were so scary that you wished they would just stop. You don't really tell anybody about them because after all, they are just dreams and you don't want to sound silly. But that dream is just so intense that it really gets the best of you.

So is the premise for this film. What is kind of fascinating is to see Daphne Zuniga in a pre-Sure Thing role. When I think of Daphne, even all of these years later, I think of her as the prude Allison from The Sure Thing. But she is not a prude in this film. Quite the contrary. Here she gets naked, has blood as a part of her waredrobe and she has a great scream.

What is memorable about The Initiation is that it is quite scary and it is filled with blood and gore. This is a typical 80's slasher flick but it is fairly well done. And the end of it will scare you, at least the end of it will. But I feel the film does a great job of making us scared and that adds to the intrigue for the last fifteen minutes. Check this one out. It may surprise you. Believe me it is better than almsot any horror film that "graces" our screens today. But then again, all 80's horror films had that feel to them. And sadly the modern era of horror films is lacking. The Initiation is at least a good horror film. And it is from the 80's to boot. That makes it worth looking at.


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