The Horror Honeys: If I Die Before I Wake... Thank You!

If I Die Before I Wake... Thank You!

A Supernatural Honey Holiday Horror Review (of yet another Silent Night, Deadly Night sequel) by Suzanne


Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1990)
I obviously hate myself enough to subject my eye holes to more Silent Night, Deadly Night nonsense. This time I chose to part 4 in the series. This film, like part 5, went straight to video. 
In this installment we have Kim, a wannabe reporter, currently doing the classifieds and fighting the system at the testosterone driven newspaper. When she tries to be direct and asks if she can write a story on a woman who spontaneously combusted, she’s asked by none other than Reggie Bannister to make a pot of coffee. It’s a man’s world and Kim is just living in it.
Kim finds herself involved with Fima (Maud Adams), a local bookstore owner and witness to the fire. As it turns out, Fima is the leader of a coven of witches, looking for their new queen. They’ve set their sights on Kim. The coven’s lackey is Ricky, played by none other than CLINT HOWARD!! Let’s face it; it’s the only reason I watched this stupid thing. Although, he was so hairy and dirty, he looked more like Cha-Ka from Sid & Marty Krofft’s Land of the Lost.


Clint Howard auditioning for his walk-on part in
'Eyes Wide Shut'
This movie has no ties to any of the other films. In fact, it’s not even a real Christmas movie. The only thing that even gives Initiation license to call itself a “holiday” film is that it was probably shot during Christmas in LA. In one scene, Kim is at her boyfriend’s family home for dinner. As his father spouts his chauvinism and tells Kim a woman’s place is in the home and not in an office, she tells them she’s Jewish. I’m not even sure what one has to do with the other. Then again, I had sort of stopped paying attention.
Because covens and demon slugs are like
peanut butter and chocolate!
There’s no slasher, no killer, no holiday massacre. This is simply a movie about initiating a woman into an all-female cult that doesn’t need men. Nothing silent or deadly about that… There is one utterly bizarre scene which is an homage (to use a term loosely) to Rosemary’s Baby, where Kim is surrounded by the coven and she is impregnated by Ricky. Her “baby” is a bug larva. There are a lot of bugs in this movie. 
Initiation did give me the amount of Clint Howard I was looking for, but this can’t even be categorized as a “so bad it’s good” movie. It’s a story about female empowerment, from a female perspective, written by men. So… yeah.
Supernatural Honey Rating: I give this 1 burst of spontaneous combustion out of 5. The one star is for Clint.