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Friday, March 30, 2012

The Initiation (1984)

Who doesn't like a rousing sorority girl slasher film?  Well, The Initiation is not one of them.  For the first half an hour the film has a hard time trying to decide what it wants to be.  It starts out with a pledge initiations scene but then switches gears to an insane asylum.  Then it transforms into a family melodrama until it tries to make its way back into a slasher film.  Somewhere in the middle it takes a page from either Dreamscape or Nightmare on Elm Street.  It is frustratingly inconsistent.
The Initiation is not helped by marginal acting either.  No one really steals the show here.  Everyone is equally flat, including Daphne Zuniga [Melrose Place, The Fly II] who is an accomplished actress but NOT in this film.  Granted, The Initiation is early in her career but if you contrast her work to Heather Langenkamp's performance in A Nightmare on Elm Street [which came out the same year] there's no comparison. Langenkamp kicks her butt.
The best thing I can say about this film is that I was happy when it ended.  It's all been seen and done before and done much better.  Don't waste your time on this one.
RATING: Fair.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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