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The Initiation (1984)

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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Larry Stewart, Peter Crane (uncredited)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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. . the night new blood is pledged. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Iniciação See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the final shot where Nurse Higgins is murdered in her station wagon, the crew members and their equipment can be seen reflected in the passenger side windows of the car. See more »

Quotes

Peter: Mother, father, mirrors...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Not Me
Written by Terrence Murphy and Kenny Griffin
Redbud Music (B.M.I.)
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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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