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The Initiation of Sarah (1978)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | TV Movie 6 February 1978
A withdrawn young girl joins an unpopular sorority in college. It turns out she has psychic and telekinetic powers, and she uses them against a rival sorority.


Robert Day


Don Ingalls (teleplay), Carol Saraceno (teleplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Lenz ... Sarah Goodwin
Shelley Winters ... Mrs. Erica Hunter
Tony Bill ... Paul Yates
Kathryn Grant ... Mrs. Goodwin
Morgan Fairchild ... Jennifer Lawrence
Morgan Brittany ... Patty Goodwin
Robert Hays ... Scott Rafferty
Tisa Farrow ... Alberta 'Mouse'
Elizabeth Stack ... Laura O'Neil
Deborah Ryan ... Bobbie Adams
Nora Heflin Nora Heflin ... Barbara
Talia Balsam ... Allison
Michael Talbott ... Freddie
Jennifer Gay Jennifer Gay ... Kathy Anderson
Susan Duvall ... Regina Wilson


A withdrawn young girl joins an unpopular sorority in college. It turns out she has psychic and telekinetic powers, and she uses them against a rival sorority.

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She was born with devastating psychic powers. And she's forced to unleash them in a shocking finale! See more »


Horror | Thriller


Not Rated

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Often regarded as a rip-off of Carrie (1976), actor Michael Talbott appears in both films as a character named Freddy/Freddie. See more »


Its never explained whether or not if Jennifer survived the spell cast on her, by Sarah, turning her into a old wrinkled woman. See more »


Jennifer Lawrence: I'll tell you what, Patty, why don't you come on over and meet some of the other actives.
[Reluctantly turning to Sarah]
Jennifer Lawrence: Uh, Kathy, why don't you take Sarah on over to the refreshment table.
[to Patty]
Jennifer Lawrence: I know you're going to love some of our girls.
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This movie makes me remind my childhood!
2 February 2001 | by martinchicago1See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie,I was 9 or 10 years old.Now,I am 30 and I still enjoy seeing it.I know the story is not so good, but the idea wasn't so bad as many people say.The cast was interesting.Shelley Winters was great as usual.Kay Lenz made a good job.Morgan Fairchild and Morgan Brittany were really good.Some people compare this movie with "Carrie", but I think this one is a little better.If you would like to enjoy a good horror movie, rent "The initiation of Sarah".You would be able to see the beauty of Morgan Brittany.I have never forgotten her blue and big beautiful eyes and her Black hair.

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Release Date:

6 February 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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