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Film: Initiation Silent Night Deadly Night 4
And if I die before I wake, thank you.

Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 is a 1990 horror film directed by Brian Yuzna. This installment is unrelated to the previous three. Called Bugs in some releases.

After a woman bursts into flames in the midst of jumping off a building, wannabe investigative reporter Kim Levitt looks into what caused her death, encountering a Straw Feminist cult and freaking huge insects during her search.

This film has the examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Janice.
    Janice: "You look wonderful! Welcome to the family! Now, you have to bring us the boy..."
  • Beyond the Impossible: In the short time it takes for Kim to get the police to her apartment the cult has already cleaned it and left. Blood doesn't come out that quickly.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The larvae and cockroaches.
  • Body Horror: Initiation is full of this, featuring stuff like a larva crawling into Kim through the belly button and emerging from her mouth as a giant cockroach.
  • Book Ends: The film opens and ends with a burning woman falling from a building.
  • Cassandra Truth: The cult covers its tracks ridiculously well and make Kim look crazy.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Kim's one female co-worker just happens to be in the same cult Kim is investigating.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: When Kim gets the bug juice dripped on her face it pretty much looks like she's been facialized.
    • Plus there's the mask Ricky wears during Kim's introductory ceremony. It's flesh colored and has a really, really long nose...
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Initiation was originally written as a pseudo-sequel to Society, according to various reports, but turned into the fourth Silent Night, Deadly Night film to secure funding.
  • Fingore: Under the cult's influence, Kim's fingers start curling up and fusing together a few times.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: For no real reason cult servant Ricky tries to defend Kim near the end. He gets knifed and eaten by giant larvae for his efforts.
  • Infant Immortality: The cult tries to force Kim into killing Lonnie. While she does abduct him, she stops short of killing him at the last minute and saves him.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: A guy watching a news report about a woman who burst into flames before falling off a building remarks "She was a hot one".
  • In Name Only: It has little-to-nothing to do with the series. The Ricky in this film isn't the same Ricky from the other films.
  • Market-Based Title: Initiation became Bugs when released internationally.
  • Milkman Conspiracy
  • Mind Screw: The whole plot.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Fima.
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion: Featured twice.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: This is the attitude of Hank's father.
  • Straw Feminist: The cult is made up of these.

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alternative title(s): Silent Night Deadly Night 4
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