THE INITIATION REVIEWED
“The Initiation” has way too much material crammed into one horror film. However, Daphne Zuniga carries this movie on her back and delivers the kind of work you’d expect to see in that era’s Argento work. For a movie that plays at 97 minutes, I swear that you get a sheer nipple slip about every 2 minutes. I miss this era of horror movie-making. It was the mainstreaming of that proper 70s sleaze with 80s imagination. Plus, Clu Gulager was getting regular work.
There’s something to be said for the college based slasher. So much of it has been defanged by modern sensibilities. But, there was a time when the sexuality of the environment and pure violence went hand-in-hand. Hopefully, Arrow US keeps mining these treasures for future releases. It’s like a trip back in time to the Video Store for me.
- Brand new restoration from original film elements
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary by The Hysteria Continues
- Brand new interview with actor Christopher Bradley
- Brand new interview with actress Joy Jones
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM Mono
RELEASE DATE: 11/8/16
- Video - 95%95%
- Audio - 93%93%
- Supplemental Material - 96%96%
- Film Score - 91%91%
The Plot Thus Far
Marking TV star Daphne Zuniga’s debut in a leading role, The Initiation ranks amongst the finest of the college-based stalk-and-slash flicks – now finally restored in glorious High-Definition!
Kelly’s new sorority has a special initiation ritual in store for her – an after-hours break-in of her father’s department store. But what begins as a night of harmless college fun turns sour when, once inside the enormous mall, Kelly and her fellow pledges find themselves locked in for the night… with a deadly intruder stalking the corridors.
Arriving in 1984, The Initiation might have been late to the slasher party, but, alongside the likes of The House on Sorority Row and The Mutilator, it remains one of the stronger entries to emerge in the latter days of the slice-and-dice boom.