Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, will release a newly restored Blu-ray edition of director Larry Stewart’s 1984 chiller, The Initiation on Nov. 8
This is the film that literally launched the film career of Daphne Zuniga — soon Vision Quest, The Sure Thing and her legendary performance in Spaceballs as Princess Vespa would follow in short order.
This classic “slasher” film begins with two separate, but related narratives — a college student named Kelly (Zuniga) has pledged a sorority and there is a deadly breakout at a nearby nut house. Of course these seemingly random events will come together and much carnage will ensue, but not before a great deal of skin is revealed at the sorority house.
If you are a genre fan, then you will immediately recognize the silly sorority “initiation” of Kelly and two other pledges (Marilyn Kagan and Hunter Tylo) — breaking into a shopping mall after hours — and the college “boys” dispatched to terrorize them as the raisonnement for the formation of “the victim pool.” Every good slasher film needs a victim pool … preferably peppered with attractive young women.
Once inside the department store, a mysterious stalker — a delightful twist that you really don’t see coming as the script gives you plenty of red herrings — begins picking off the college students one, by one … by one!
Bonus features include commentary from the podcast group, “The Hysteria Continues,” and two newly minted video sessions with actors Christopher Bradley and Joy Jones.