Kelly Fairchild has become a college student and a member of the Delta Ro Kai sorority. During all her life, she has suffered from a nightmare where a man is burning. She meets an assistant professor who can help interpret the dream. The sorority’s initiation ritual is a nighttime breaking-and-entering into her father’s department store
Dying to be initiated
This is actually one of my favorite slashers, a large reason for that being the creepy atmosphere of the mall at night. It has multiple levels and is unlike any mall I’ve ever been to. We also get a few instances of characters catching a glimpse of the killer lurking about, something that I’m a sucker for. Getting that eerie look at something out of the corner of your eye, not sure if you really saw anything at all. The killer’s POV shots were extremely well-done, especially the very creepy bit of the killer observing Dwight Fairchild as he’s loading his car. The score certainly helps the mood, as does some of the dreary photography in certain scenes.
Daphne Zuniga plays the lead, and I’ve always found her appealing even if she’s not the greatest actress. Vera Miles and Clu Gulager are also on hand to add some class to the proceedings. As for the kills, they’re not the bloodiest, but they get the job done just fine. The most notable death sees one of the pledges stabbed repeatedly as she holds the PA systems microphone, her screams echoing throughout the mall. On my initial viewing, I didn’t see the ending coming, though there are some blatant clues when re-watching.