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The Initiation (1984)

An amnesiac sorority member who has been plagued by a recurring nightmare is stalked alongside other coeds by a killer in a deserted department store where they are completing a hazing ritual.


Larry Stewart, Peter Crane (uncredited)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Miles ... Frances Fairchild
Clu Gulager ... Dwight Fairchild
Daphne Zuniga ... Kelly Fairchild
James Read ... Peter
Marilyn Kagan ... Marcia
Robert Dowdell ... Jason Randall
Patti Heider Patti Heider ... Nurse Higgins
Frances Peterson Frances Peterson ... Megan
Hunter Tylo ... Alison (as Deborah Morehart)
Paula Knowles Paula Knowles ... Beth
Trey Stroud Trey Stroud ... Ralph
Peter Malof Peter Malof ... Andy
Christopher Bradley ... Chad
Joy Jones Joy Jones ... Heidi
Mary Davis Duncan Mary Davis Duncan ... Gwen


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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Sorority ceremony becomes a real ''hell night'' for coed See more »


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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Megan: What are you doing here?
Andy: [in viking bondage attire] Uh, raping and pillaging!
Megan: Leave. Now.
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version was pre-cut by 59 secs with edits to a man on fire during a nightmare scene, shots of a man being stabbed with a rake, and a sequence which intercuts the stabbing of a woman with a sex scene. The 2003 Pegasus DVD is fully uncut. See more »


Referenced in Scream (1996) See more »


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Great horror flick!
3 July 2000 | by Roddy-15See all my reviews

This is one of those slasher films from the 80's that I love to watch. When it comes to good horror ideas, nothing gets better than a bunch of sorority girls being killed at a mall after midnight.

There are few things in this movie that are funny. It's mostly scary. And it has a nice twist at the ending. Rent it a your video store; if you can find it.

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7 December 1984 (USA) See more »

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