Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Initiation of Sarah (1978) - Review


The Initiation of Sarah (1978) *1/2
D: Robert Day
C: Kay Lenz, Shelley Winters, Tony Bill, Kathryn Grant, Morgan Fairchild, Morgan Brittany, Robert Hays, Tisa Farrow 

Plot Synopsis: A college student is recruited to join a sorority that is seen as somewhat of the black sheep on campus. There, with the assistance of the house mother, she taps into powers that allow her to control objects whenever she gets mad.

Review: Slow moving TV movie in which hardly anything happens. The title character taps into her telekinetic powers when provoked. She fights with her sister in connection to a rivalry with a feuding sorority. And her house mother promises the return of the sorority's prominence via an initiation. For about a good 85 minutes, that's all that really happens. 

Viewers are left wondering, throughout, if anything is eventually going to happen as The Initiation of Sarah sluggishly goes about from one scene to another. This is all the more surprising considering that this is seen as something of a minor classic and even has done well enough to have merited a remake. The film does come to life during the finale where Key Lenz and Shelley Winters feud it out. There's at least some spark and fury to these scenes, but to have to sit through a nearly non-existent movie for 85 minutes to arrive at this finale, it's too little too late. [Not Rated] 97 minutes.

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