The appealing Daphne Zuniga makes her inauspicious debut in this dreary slasher film as a pampered freshman sorority pledge haunted by memory lapses and bizarre, violent dreams involving her parents (Clu Gulager and Vera Miles). Despite some progress in dream-research, her condition becomes dangerously unstable during a Hell Week initiation stunt -- held after hours in her father's shopping mall -- further abetted by the discovery that a psychopathic killer has escaped from the local asylum. It's no surprise to learn where said killer turns up next, nor is it much of a challenge determining the killer's identity (a clue: Zuniga's nightmares are actually repressed memories). The cast is summarily whittled down, courtesy of several sharp implements looted from various sporting goods and gardening departments, leaving the filmmakers to tie the loose ends together for the ridiculously contrived climax. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
I really enjoyed this one. If you like 80s slasher films try this one. This one reminds me of Happy Birthday To Me. Not a lot of blood or gore, but does have sorority girls and frat guys getting picked off one by one. Alright acting and story. Kept me interested. Better than many 80s slasher films. Daphne Zuniga is the main character (she is the princess from Spaceballs and she played on Melrose place). Twist at the end. I had it on my cue for a while but it showed a very long wait, I ended up finding it at a video store on VHS and it was worth renting.
I heard about The Initiation from watching the documentary Going To Pieces: The Rise And Fall Of The Slasher Genre. The Initiation has good acting and a good story line. Which is much better than most similar horror movies.