The Initiation (1984)

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The Initiation is a 1984 American slasher film directed by Larry Stewart, and starring Daphne Zuniga, Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, and James Read. The plot focuses on a sorority member and a group of pledges, who are stalked and murdered during their initiation ritual in a department store after hours.

Filmed in Dallas, Texas in 1983, The Initiation initially had English director Peter Crane attached, though he was fired from the project early into the shoot, after which television director Stewart was hired. The Dallas Market Center and Southern Methodist University served as the primary shooting locations.

The film has been noted for being star Zuniga's first leading role after her minor part in The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982), as well as establishing a contemporary cult following as a midnight movie.