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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Frances Fairchild
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Dwight Fairchild
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Kelly Fairchild
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Marcia
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Jason Randall
Patti Heider ...
Nurse Higgins
Frances Peterson ...
Megan
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Alison (as Deborah Morehart)
Paula Knowles ...
Beth
Trey Stroud ...
Ralph
Peter Malof ...
Andy
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Chad
Joy Jones ...
Heidi
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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Be young stay young... and die young. See more »


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7 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Iniciação  »

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Marilyn Kagan, who plays "Marcia," went on to host a top-rated radio show, on KFI in Los Angeles. As she is an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker,) she took calls from listeners, and answered their therapeutic questions. 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 »

Quotes

Frances Fairchild: What are you doing here?
Andy: [in viking bondage attire] Uh, raping and pillaging!
Frances Fairchild: Leave. Now.
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Connections

References Hell Night (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Stop Following Me
Written by Terrence Murphy
Performed by Refugee (Terrence Murphy, Kenny Griffin, David Broussard, Reb Burall, Ronnie Griffin, Geoffrey Schulman (Mgr))
Represented by Sparks Agency
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No sorority girl pillow fights or spanking parties, but it's not bad...
14 March 2003 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

(**1/2 out of *****) This okay slasher thriller tries to offer more than the standard slice-and-dice affair by having as its main character a young college student (Daphne Zuniga, a year after her cameo in the wretched "The Dorm That Dripped Blood") who is traumatized by an event in her past that caused her to forget everything up through age ten. From the opening scene, we already have a pretty good idea of the surprise involving the girl's secretive parents (played by Clu Gulager -- excellent in "Return of the Living Dead," but just mediocre here -- and Vera Miles from "Psycho"), but there's another twist at the very end that, in spite of some clunky hints here and there, is impossible to see coming (it's hardly fair, but it still provides a bit of a jolt.) With all the background and character development out of the way in the first half hour or so, we finally get to the more-familiar second half, where a group of sorority babes (including Zuniga) and frat boys break into a department building at night as part of an initiation stunt and are subsequently killed off by a maniac who uses a variety of gardening tools and other sharp objects. People are shot with arrows, shot with guns, shot with spears, stabbed, axed, and decapitated until the surprise killer is finally revealed (and it's probably not who you think.) Gaping plot holes abound, but, all in all, this one isn't too bad (and, besides, you're not supposed to pay attention to that kinda stuff in these kindsa movies anyway.)

HIGHLIGHT: The pretty, blonde sorority girl happens to be holding the public address intercom microphone when she is attacked at the security guard's booth, and her shrieks echo throughout the entire building.


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