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Review: The Initiation (Arrow Video)

The Initiation
3.5 stars
Starring: Daphne Zuniga, Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, Hunter Tylo, James Read

Directed: Larry Stewart

Release Date: November 8, 2016

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray .Color: Color

Audio: English .Subtitles:

Distributor: Arrow Video



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.




Audio Language: English

The Sound Quality is good with no distortion. Clear dialogue but its on a thinner side with not much low-end

Rating: 4 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is good but at times the grain can take away from the sharpness. colors pop

Rating: 4 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: December 7, 1984 (USA)
Disc release Date: November 8, 2016 (USA)




  • 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


My Thoughts

The Initiation is a Mystery thriller with a horror feel. Are lead suffers from bad dreams from a horrible past murder that she may think is real that involves her parent whom are telling her they are just bad dreams…or is it. On the same line she is in college and is involve with a female fraternity as she is one of a few who are close to becoming members. Another portion of the story at first seemed out-of-place but it involves a Mental institution that houses a killer who is on the loose.

The story is has several elements and plots the intertwine about 30 minutes in. Bringing more of the horror element when are crazy person escapes from a mental institution and go’s on a killing spree. Leaving are female fraternity exposed. The story gets deeper with are lead and her dreams as the movie runs and intertwines with the psycho killer aspect nears the end. The film involves a few chicks running around in skimpy outfits providing some teasing moments and some nudity. Gore wise we do get some bloody moments and some death scenes. Also the ending is a decent twist as I thought it was something different but I was wrong.

Overall the film was a good watch and probably one of the better horror films dealing with a Female fraternity even though it may have less sleazy moments and nude scenes. Add some more character build up, a boob or two and more blood and death for a better experience.

With that said I give The Initiation a 3.5 out of 5 thinks to the story and mystery on how all the plot points intertwine and end up. I Say go give this one a shot horror fans and Arrow Video collectors

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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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