The Initiation (1984) Review - 80s slasher

The Initiation (1984) Review - 80s slasher

Titles: The Initiation

Tagline: "They pledge themselves to be young, stay young ... and die young."

Release Date: December 1984

The Initiation (1984) is whodunit slasher film. It follows a young college pledge (Daphne Zuniga) that suffers from recurring nightmares of a horrifying event from her childhood. During her initiation, which takes place after midnight in a dallas mall, a slew of soririty girls get hacked up by a mysterious maniac.


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.


  • Holds a 5.7/10 rating on imdb (as of summer 2014)
  •  Delta Ro Kai sorority
  • The doppleganger ending has many slasher buffs comparing it to the 'Happy Birthday To Me' ending.


Kelly Fairchild's Evil doppleganger - portrayed by Daphne Zuniga


Credits & CastEdit

Directed by Larry Stewart
Produced by Jock Gaynor
Bruce Lansbury
Scott Winant
Written by Charles Pratt Jr.
Starring Vera Miles

Clu Gulager Daphne Zuniga James Read Marilyn Kagan
Hunter Tylo

Music by Gabriel Black
Lance Ong
Edited by Ronald LaVine
Georgian Bay Productions
Initiation Associates
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date(s) December 1984
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English