HERE’S TO BEING YOUNG… STAYING YOUNG… AND DYING YOUNG.
On Dual Format from Monday 7th Nov. 2016.
When this film was first released I was more into watching the latest adventures of Indiana Jones than watching horror films, but thats also because in 1984 I was only 13 years old. So its with great pleasure and interest that some of the classics from years gone by are being remastered, reissued and given the chance to play on my TV screen
The Initiation marked TV star Daphne Zuniga’s debut in a leading role ()The Sure Thing, Spaceballs, The Fly 2) and also ranks amongst the finest of the college-based stalk-and-slash flicks to which there were many in the 80s and 70s. I checked the film out for the very first time this evening.
Kelly’s (played by Daphne Zuniga) 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. Of course that plot line isnt the most original plot and has been mimicked many times over the years but it sure is a fun film to watch, not only to check out the sort of films that people were watching in the 80s, but also a great entry into the slasher genre. Albeit one of the later entries into a genre that pretty much came alive again in 1978 with John Carpenters Halloween and churned out some wonderfully fun and cheesy entries right through the 80s and beyond.
Its also a very noteworthy thing to mention that Vera Miles appears in the film and Vera as I hope you know also appeared in what is often named as one of the first slasher films. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Now thats an endorsement for The Initiation if you ever need one. But more than that. The Initiation is a great blast from the past and whilst a lot of people have described the film as slow…I dont take that as a negative. I dont need buckets of blood to make a decent horror film. I want interesting characters in a fun plot and The Initiation has that. It even has a villain with a pitchfork!
As always with Arrow releases, we are not only treated to a fantastic restoration, but also some great special features which I am working my way through as soon as I can.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
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
Horror purists check out The Initiation and let me know what you think of the film in the comments section below.