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Scream Factory TV Terrors (The Initiation of Sarah & Are You in the House Alone?)

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When Sarah, a young college freshman, joins a sorority to fit in with the popular kids, she encounters one problem: this sorority is run by a witch who knows that Sarah has supernatural powers. The witch encourages her to use her latent psychic powers to get revenge on her rivals…thus begins The Initiation Of Sarah. The all-star cast includes Kay Lenz (Moving Violation), Morgan Brittany (Dallas), Morgan Fairchild (The Seduction), Shelley Winters (The Poseidon Adventure), Kathryn Crosby (The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad), Tony Bill (Shampoo) and Tisa Farrow (Zombie).

A beautiful high school student becomes the target of a campaign of terror and eventually becomes the victim of an attack and mental torture in Are You In The House Alone? . Kathleen Beller (Dynasty), Dennis Quaid (Dreamscape), Blythe Danner (Future World), Tony Bill (Shampoo) and Robin Mattson (Phantom Of The Paradise) star in this iconic and terrifying thriller.

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  • Actors: Morgan Fairchild, Shelley Winters, Blythe Danner, Dennis Quaid
  • Directors: Walter Grauman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 2013
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ESZZOOK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. Mckinzie VINE VOICE on November 1, 2013
The reviewer before me said that she had seen The Initiation of Sarah, but not Are You in the House Alone. I'm the other way around, so I'll fill in where that reviewer left off. As "Horror movies" go, Are You in the House Alone isn't all that horrible. If you are looking for gore and mayhem, look elsewhere. This is more of a psychological drama where the suspense builds up until the final event. And this was a tv movie, which means it was not high-budget and/or Oscar material. Still, I think it's an enjoyable movie with a fairly well-developed plot. The story is simple; a very pretty high school girl begins to be stalked by someone who calls her and leaves notes in her locker that seem to be threatening. She becomes increasingly frightened but, due to other circumstances, everyone around her either thinks it's a prank or doesn't have time to listen to her. Finally, events occur that no one can ignore. Again, if you're looking for The Shining, Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Frankenstein; this is not that kind of suspense movie, so look elsewhere.
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As soon as the opening credits of Walter Grauman's "Are You in the House Alone?" roll, and you hear the jive-talking boogie theme music, you know you are being transported back to the late '70s. This movie has often been compared in some respects to "Halloween," as both feature the use of unsteady, subjective camera work, in which the victim(s) are viewed through the creepy eyes of the perpetrator, not to mention that they both appeared at virtually the same time (in the fall of 1978), and the action in both takes place in a big, creeky old house.

The fact remains, though, that "Are You in the House Alone?" was undoubtedly not without influence of its own, and should be acknowledged as such. Specifically, I feel that several scenes from the following year's "When a Stranger Calls" (Fred Walton, 1979) were lifted whole from the earlier "Alone." And yet I personally find Grauman's film to be the more enjoyable and suspenseful of the two.

"Are You in the House Alone?", based on a 1976 novel by Richard Peck, concerns a beautiful high school student named Gail (Kathleen Beller of "Dynasty") as the new girl in an undisclosed San Francisco suburb. She makes friends with Alison (Robin Mattson, who appeared on the NBC soap opera "Santa Barbara" in the late '80s), and early on in the film it is apparent that Gail has caught the unwanted attention of an obsessed stalker. First, she and Alison are spied on while in a state of undress in their bathing suits at a lake. This soon escalates into Gail receiving an anonymous, late night heavy breathing phone call, followed by a creepy note left in her locker warning "I'm Watching You.
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I haven't seen ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE, but I've often seen the 1978 TV movie, THE INITIATION OF SARAH. For that film alone, this DVD is worth it.

Yes, The Initiation of Sarah was inspired by Carrie -- but it also surpasses Carrie. For unlike Carrie, The Initiation of Sarah was a TV-movie, hence subject to budgetary and censorial restraints. But it overcame these restraints, even turning them to its advantage by emphasizing story and acting and atmosphere over shocks and gore. It's my personal favorite horror TV-movie, better than the oft-cited and rightly praised The Night Stalker.

The Initiation of Sarah tells a common tale: A young high school/summer camp/college nerd is long picked on, then finally retaliates. In the horror genre, the nerd often employs supernatural powers, or is severely injured in a "prank gone bad" so that he becomes an uberpsycho.

The Initiation of Sarah, like Carrie and The Craft, follows the former pattern. Like Carrie, Sarah (Kay Lenz) has telekinetic powers, which manifest when she's angered. But as she is unable to control its destructive potential, and being a good-hearted nerdy girl, Sarah suppresses her powers.

The film begins with Sarah and her half-sister, Patty (Morgan Brittany), going off to college. Both pledge the campus's elite sorority, ANS (Alpha Nu Sigma), but ANS only accepts the beautiful Patty, not the mousy Sarah.
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Great old-school TV movies. Two for a great price. I grew when channels made and brought out TV movies weekly and they where a pivotal part of my cinema loving childhood. It's always great to find these old films on DVD and the company SHOUT Factory did these two films justice,
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These movies esp initiation of Sarah are fun to watch. Not scary but keeps you interested. I was expecting low budget b movies and these are pretty good. They have a good plot. It's fun to observe how fashion and people have changed since these movies. What was a normal weight then would be too skinny or not curvy nowadays. Wow.... has the body weight increased for men and women. Plus average height seems to be decreasing every year
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