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:
Frances Fairchild
Dwight Fairchild
Kelly Fairchild
Jason Randall
Patti Heider ...
Nurse Higgins
Frances Peterson ...
Alison (as Deborah Morehart)
Paula Knowles ...
Trey Stroud ...
Peter Malof ...
Joy Jones ...
Mary Davis Duncan ...


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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They pledge themselves to be young, stay young...and die young. See more »


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Release Date:

7 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Iniciação  »

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Film debut of Hunter Tylo. See more »


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 »


References Sleepaway Camp (1983) See more »


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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Nicely done little slasher film.
13 March 2002 | by (FrightMeter.Com) – See all my reviews

"The Initiation" is the ultimate sorority house slasher film that stands better than many the more popular ( "The House on Sorority Row," "Girl's Nite Out," and "Killer Party") films of the same "genre." After a relatively dream-like, and confusing opening sequence, we are introduced to Kelly Fairchild (Daphne Zuniga) who is set to pledge the most prestigous Sorority at her college. We find that she has recently been suffering from some terrible nightmares where she sees fire and someone being brutally stabbed. Her uptight mother (Vera Miles) tries to downplay the dreams as nothing more than college student stress. About the same time, down the way, a inmate escapes from the local mental ward and brutally murders the nurse with a garden tool. Kelly has some more dreams, she starts seeing a college professor who specializes in memory regression, and finds out that for her pledge, she and the other pledges must break into her father's mall (the strangest looking mall I have ever seen) and steal the security officer's uniform, all within about the first half hour of the movie. Interesting enough to keep our attention, and with a few sparatic bloody murders to satisfy the gore hounds, but the real prize comes with about the last half hour of the film, when the pledges go into the mall. It does play out to be very menacing, for the simple fact that location the filmmakers selected for the mall is quite creepy in itself. Daphne Zuniga plays her character very well and we can't help but to like her. This plays true with each of the characters, as we get to know some personal information about each one of during the dinner sequence that attaches us to them and makes it that much more difficult to see their fates unfold. The murders are fairly bloody and come pretty rapidly at the end of the film. My only complaint comes with how rushed the ending came, yes, it was a surprise, but I felt a little more information was required for the viewer to be satisfied and believe the ending. Other than that, the rest of the film worked very well and was quite frightening in parts. Again, I certainly think that it is the best "sorority" themed slasher to ever be produced. A must see for any horror fan. 8 out of 10.

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