The Art of Witching may or may not be a class taught on a college campus somewhere in the world. But the lessons are sustainable beneath the polished, hardwood floors of Temple Hill University's rival sororities. The Initiation of Sarah (2006) makes the whole pledging process seem so complicated. And if you've got some magical powers, complicated and dangerous.
Sarah (Mika Boorem) and Lindsey (Summer Glau) are entering college together and seem closer than close. Lindsey, the follow-mom's-lead one in prep school threads has her mindset on a fresh start with the top tier sorority, Alpha Nu Gamma. The elusive, cynical Sarah is looking for that same start, but on a non-linear road that leads to friends and allies on the fray of the bubbly Alpha "Plastics" that seem to be both revered and the envy of the entire university.
|Sarah (left) & Lindsey (right)|
What you may expect from an ABC Family film that tries to cater to Halloween enthusiasts looking for something much more tame to watch at a sleepover is kept at a simmer with a little trace of bad dialogue, over acting, and heavy handed emotional themes. Cheesy pop/rock and awkward character introductions happen seldom and not nearly enough to make you wanna find something else to watch. But man, are they ever present. I was thoroughly surprised by how good this movie was. Unexpected plot twists and a Xander-like performance from 'the guy' (Ben Ziff's Finn), The Initiation of Sarah is palatable for the entire spectrum of spooky movie fans. It may not be everyone's flavor, but I imagine that few people would label it "bad".
Performances by Women of Color
Jennifer Tilly as Dr. Eugenia Hunter
Tessa Thompson as Esme
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