The Initiation


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.

ACTORS :  Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, Daphne Zuniga


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The Initiation, 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

Dying to be initiated

The Initiation, A group of sorority pledges sneak into a mall overnight to pull off a prank that will get them initiated. Tasked with stealing the security guard’s uniform, it shouldn’t be too hard since Kelly Fairchild’s father owns the mall, and she’s one of the pledges. She has keys to get in and knows where the spare uniforms are kept, so no problem. Someone else is in there with them though, and it isn’t long before bloodshed ensues.

This is actually one of my favorite slashers, a large reason for that being the creepy atmosphere of the mall at night. It has multiple levels and is unlike any mall I’ve ever been to. We also get a few instances of characters catching a glimpse of the killer lurking about, something that I’m a sucker for. Getting that eerie look at something out of the corner of your eye, not sure if you really saw anything at all. The killer’s POV shots were extremely well-done, especially the very creepy bit of the killer observing Dwight Fairchild as he’s loading his car. The score certainly helps the mood, as does some of the dreary photography in certain scenes.

Daphne Zuniga plays the lead, and I’ve always found her appealing even if she’s not the greatest actress. Vera Miles and Clu Gulager are also on hand to add some class to the proceedings. As for the kills, they’re not the bloodiest, but they get the job done just fine. The most notable death sees one of the pledges stabbed repeatedly as she holds the PA systems microphone, her screams echoing throughout the mall. On my initial viewing, I didn’t see the ending coming, though there are some blatant clues when re-watching.


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