Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Daphne Zuniga, Vera Miles, Cul Galager
Directed By: Larry Stewart
Running Time: 93 minutes
Release Date: 5 August 2013
Kelly Fairchild (Daphne Zuniga) is studying at college and looking forward to her sorority initiation. She is having strange nightmares of a man being set on fire but has no idea what they mean and has no memory of her childhood before the age of 9.
Meanwhile in a sanatorium 300 miles away 7 inmates kill a nurse and escape.
Kelly’s father owns a shopping mall and for their initiation she has to take the keys to break in with her fellow Delta Ro Kai pledges and steal the night-watchman’s uniform.
At first there are no problems except that the sorority sisters have sent in 3 randy teenagers to try and scare the pledges but there is someone unseen in there with them killing off the teenagers.
Who is the mysterious stranger? Why are they killing off the teenagers? And for what purpose? And is it all connected with Kelly’s strange nightmares?
Overall, The Initiation is a classic, cult horror with lots of blood. While it is not the greatest of films it is certainly not the worst. It is a classic 1980’s slasher movie that is a horror (not like today’s ‘horror’ films). The storyline is pretty straightforward with a twist at the end but it is a good film to watch. While the plot is standard, teenagers being chased but someone unknown and being picked off one by one, I personally enjoyed it.
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