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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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Neith Hunter ...
Kim
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Hank
Hugh Fink ...
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Fima
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Laurel Lockhart ...
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Gus
Conan Yuzna ...
Lonnie
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Jane
Ilsa Setzoil ...
Li
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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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The director of "Return of the Living Dead 3" and the producer of "Ticks" brings you a new skin crawling dimension in terror. See more »

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Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation  »

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Screenwriter Woody Keith incorporated several ideas and scenarios that he had originally envisioned for his previous film, Society (1989), but had been unable to fit into the storyline. Ironically, this film's U.S. release would predate that of Society by nearly two years. See more »

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After Kim leaves the office Christmas party, she stumbles out into the street and sees Ricky standing beside his parked car to her right; the license plate on the car, however, is backwards, indicating that the shot was reversed in order for it to match up with the direction Kim was looking. See more »

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Kim: Lonnie? It's all over now.
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Sometimes different is good
1 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Silent Night, Deadly Night 3' ended the "Santa Claus Killer" storyline, but for whatever reason(s) someone decided a 4th was necessary, but where could they take the series from there? This is where fans of 1-3 are divided, for 4 has very little relation to it's predecessors. In fact the only links are: 1. The title, 2. It's a horror movie, and 3. It's set around Christmas time. Some, like myself, welcomed the change while others condemned it and called this an attempt to cash in on the franchise. To each his own.

Pros: Intelligent script. Good performances from every cast member. Excellent effects work by Screaming Mad George. Where is he today? Some good surreal/creepy imagery and moments, especially the ritual scenes. A decent score. A bit of twisted humor. Engrossing and pretty ambitious.

Cons: Some of the actions of the coven, in other words the ritual scenes and other moments, are well done, but don't make much sense and may be a bit too out there for most mainstream viewers. Some things that were effective the first couple times feel repetitive after a while. Gets a bit convoluted in the second half.

Final thoughts: Huh? Was what I thought after seeing this utterly bizarre horror flick, from the man who gave us Bride of 'Re-Animator' and 'Return of the Living Dead 3,' for the first time. But over the years I've learned to really appreciate it, especially for it's difference from it's predecessors. My advice to anyone who's seen 1-3 and not this one is, when you do, don't expect the same thing and might enjoy it.

My rating: 3.5/5


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