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Old 09-25-17, 12:57 AM   #1
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"The Initiation" Reviews/Discussion - 2017 Horror Challenge





The Initiation (1984)



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Old 10-18-17, 01:15 AM   #2
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Blah blah... nightmares... blah blah... blah blah... insane people... blah blah... rich people...
bla-Boom: someone gets stabbed in the neck with a hand rake first person, now The Initiation has my attention. That was an epic kill scene.
Now back to leering camera sweeps over dressing co-eds in penis costumes.
41 minutes in, needs more kills. If I had to randomly guess the killer I'd guess Peter (the seemingly respectable helper).
No don't let the security guard die off camera! (Cool gimmick with the sunglasses reflection though)
The mall setting is very cool, I never get tired of mall horror movies. I half expected the Chopping Mall robots to round the corner towards the end.
It's really amazing how many times in horror movies some participant will pull out an older newspaper that somehow wonderfully outlines the answer to the mystery - worst plot device ever. For years Kelly has been tormented by nightmares; if only she read the paper.
Great twist with the insane twin, did not see that coming. It's not unlike that other movie where the killer was the lead's secret twin sister.

Edit: I looked it up and that other film I was thinking about with similar ending came out 2 years after this.
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Old 10-18-17, 03:47 PM   #3
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This is the only title I haven't been able to find. I KNOW I bought this from Arrow last year. GRR!
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I'm glad I wasn't the only one surprised by the evil twin. When that twin came out, I kept thinking back to the beginning of the film and wondering how obvious they made it then that there were two of them.
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Old 10-28-17, 12:34 PM   #5
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Pretty sure the first time I watched this I felt that the hypnosis was going to trigger a split personality in Kelly. I had the impression that there were twins, but that one of them had died in the fire, and the surviving girl carried that guilt. Still over all a good film that I watch from time to time.
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Old 10-28-17, 03:58 PM   #6
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I liked this one and thought it was an above average slasher. The plot was a little more fleshed out than some and kept the first part interesting for me. Malls after closing are always pretty creepy and the one they used was really cool. Not many kills at first but they made up for it once the mall action started. I was also blindsided by the evil twin but it worked well here for some reason. I've seen it in other movies and thought it was just a cheap resolution. Was there any indication at all of a twin earlier in the film?

You can't really think about this one too much but I sure had a great time watching it.
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Old 10-28-17, 04:31 PM   #7
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I'm assuming the lie that they are living has to do with the ascot the husband is wearing....
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Old 10-28-17, 05:54 PM   #8
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Dang, I didn't see that coming! No one really came out of this one unscathed. I thought this was a good bit of fun. I wasn't able to find my Arrow blu, but I'm sure it will turn up.
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Old 10-28-17, 06:31 PM   #9
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Yeah, that twist surprised me too, even though I'm pretty sure I've seen this before. Think the film is on one of my dozens of multi-film sets, which I haven't really looked at is Challenge.

It was entertaining, and fairly well shot and acted, even if there wasn't too much terribly original. Although I could be wrong on that last bit.
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Was there any indication at all of a twin earlier in the film?

You can't really think about this one too much but I sure had a great time watching it.
I didn't go back again to watch the part I'm thinking of, but the first dream sequence/flashback with the affair was shot in such a way that I remember wondering if there were two girls, but I chalked it up to dream logic and repressed memories. I didn't think much more about it after that and was then caught totally off guard with the twin twist. That's why I wondered how obvious it was to everyone else.
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Watched this tonight. I liked it better than "Messiah of Evil". There was more story/plot and a nice twist at the end. I'd give it a 6/10.
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First time seeing this and I actually really enjoyed it. I tend to have a soft spot for 80's horror films though.
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Whoa, Daphne Zuniga.
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Heyooo. Ya'll seeing what I see?



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