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The Initiation of Sarah (2006)

A college student uses her supernatural powers against a rival sorority house. A remake of the 1978 TV movie.

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When Sarah, a girl with magic powers, and her normal twin sister Lindsey are invited to join both Alpha Nu Gamma and Pi Epsilon Delta, they discover that the two sororities aren't just rivals, they're bitter enemies. Suddenly, Sarah and Lindsey are initiated into an ancient battle between good and evil that threatens to drive the sisters apart and force one of them to make the ultimate sacrifice. Can Sarah learn to master her magic in time to defeat the resident evil on campus? Who can she trust and who will commit an unforgivable act of betrayal? The magic starts flying and anything can happen. When these supernatural forces collide, they'll give new meaning to hell week. Written by Alex

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Sisters. Sororities. Sacrifices.

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Morgan Fairchild, who plays Trina Goodwin (an alumni of the sorority Alpha Nu Gamma) in this film, also played one of the head sorority sisters of Alpha Nu Gamma, Jennifer Lawrence, in the original that this film is based on The Initiation of Sarah (1978). See more »

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Dr. Eugenia Hunter: If you're a goat or a virgin, I'd stay away from that side of the campus all together.
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Written by Amber Brooke, Daniel Platzman, Brian Duffy, Nathan Breazeale and Wes Creedle
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More 'Charmed' than 'Suspiria'
7 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Each decade our favorite monsters get some kind of update. This can be a good thing or can turn ugly. In the 80s we had classics like 'Fright Night' and 'An American Werewolf in London.' The 90s of course would be a very different era. A lot of movies and TV shows were being aimed at the tween set. Shows like 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch' and 'Buffy, the Vampire Slayer' gave monsters and their adversaries a make-over. Not to say this was a bad thing, but perhaps a certain edge was lacking. The influence of shows like these would be seen in other projects. Take this made for TV movie for example. Naturally, a remake of another film is going to bring the concept up to date. The problem here I think however, is that the filmmakers tried a little too hard to be hip.

Pros: Adequate performances. Has some nice ideas. A good twist or two. Moves at a decent pace. Strong production values, which make the film look like it were for the big screen.

Cons: One dimensional villains. Messy script. Forgettable score. Weak visual effects. Totally lacking subtly. Anticlimactic finale.

Final thoughts: The 1978 original is a treat, but isn't exactly sacred property. This re-imagining had the potential to be a solid update, but failed. A strong story and characters are ditched in favor of clichés, abundant CGI, and blatancy over nuance. Plus, the film crosses the border of ridiculous more than once. Had it not taken itself so seriously it could have been fun. Can't win 'em all I guess.

My rating: 2/5


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