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The Initiation (1984)
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The Initiation (1984) Daphne Zuniga stars here as Kelly, a young woman who has been plagued by nightmares of a burning man her entire life. Upon entering college, she pledges a sorority that forces them to perform an initiation night prank. With several of her friends, she breaks into a store and unfortunately discovers that it is impossible to exit from the building after it is entered illegally. Trapped in a new nightmare, Kelly must fight for survival when a madman begins killing her pledge sisters one by one.

Movie Tagline:
. . the night new blood is pledged.

Title: Initiation, The
Release Date: December , 1984
Runtime: 97 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 5.4
Buried.com Rating: 6.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With I

MPAA Rating: R

Larry Stewart

Vera Miles ...Frances Fairchild
Daphne Zuniga ...Kelly (Terry)
Clu Gulager ...Dwight Fairchild
James Read ...Peter
Marilyn Kagan ...Marcia
Robert Dowdell ...Jason Randall
Patti Heider ...Nurse Higgins
Frances Peterson ...Megan
Hunter Tylo ...Alison (as Deborah Morehart)
Paula Knowles ...Beth
Trey Stroud ...Ralph
Peter Malof ...Andy
Christopher Bradley ...Chad
Joy Jones ...Heidi
Mary Davis Duncan ...Gwen
Rusty Meyers ...Night watchman
Christi Michelle Allen ...Kelly (9 years old)
Cheryl Foster ...Sorority girl
Diane Page ...Sorority girl
Traci Odom ...Sorority girl
Melissa Toomin ...Sorority girl
Jennifer Suttles ...Sorority girl
Dan Dickerson ...Detective
Ronald M. Hubner ...Motorcycle cop
Jerry L. Clark ...Orderly
Kathy Lee Kennedy ...Nurse
Lance Funston ...Student
Andrea Vaccarello ...Student

Jock Gaynor
Bruce Lansbury
Scott Winant

Charles Pratt Jr.

Gabriel Black
Lance Ong

More Movie Taglines:
  • . . the night new blood is pledged.
  • They pledge themselves to be young, stay young...and die young.
  • Be young stay young... and die young.
Movie Trivia:
  • The location used for the mall was the Dallas International Market. The crew would shoot over night in the building after it closed at 7pm but would have to wrap up and be out by opening at 7am the next morning. So each night shoot at the location would have to be done in 12 hour increments.
  • Some of the early scenes at the mental hospital were not actually shot by director Larry Stewart. Another director was originally attached to the film but the production got off to a rough start as shooting fell behind schedule and the budget started to be exceeded. Producers brought in director Larry Stewart to replace the original director on the film.
  • The first feature starring role for Daphne Zuniga.
  • Film debut of Hunter Tylo.
  • SPOILER: Actor Christopher Bradley (Chad) said there was a great deal of difficulty shooting his death scene makeup. The plastic appliance that was suppose to attach to his throat wasn't sticking properly and time was running out as it was nearing time for the crew to be out of the location. This only allotted the film one shot of the actor with his throat cut, which is why it's used more than once in the film.
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