Initiation | SCREAMFEST


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US Premiere
Friday, October 9, 2020 - 4:00am
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Teen horror is back with a vengeance in this edgy slasher about a cruel social media game that spins out of control. Whiton University unravels the night a star-athlete is murdered in the wake of a hidden assault allegation, kicking off a spree of social media-linked slayings. As a masked killer targets students across campus, a trio of sorority sisters race to uncover the truth behind the school's hidden secrets - and the horrifying meaning of an exclamation point - before they become the killer's next victims.
Directed by: 
John Berardo
Produced by: 
Brian Frager, John Berardo, JP Castel, Stephanie Stanziano, Lindsay LaVanchy, Jon Huertas
Executive Producer(s): 
En-Ming Lai, Sophie Lai, Michelle Ishii, Anton Andreacchio, Nicholas Chen, Olivia Kong, Shivam Malhotra
Written by: 
John Berardo, Lindsay LaVanchy, Brian Frager
Main Cast: 
Jon Huertas, Isabella Gomez, Lindsay LaVanchy, Froy Gutierrez, Gattlin Griffth, Patrick Walker, James Berardo, Bart Johnson, Shireen Lai, Kent Faulcon, Yancy Butler, Lochlyn Munro, Maxwell Hamilton
John Berardo
About the Director(s): 

Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, John received his MFA in Film & TV Production from USC and his BA from UCLA in Theatre Directing and Playwriting. John co-founded production company Shatterproof Films, which specializes in genre-based films with topical social messages. He screened his short film “Dembanger” at Screamfest in 2013 and “The Labyrinth” in 2015. “Initiation,” a remake of “Dembanger”, is a topical reinvention of the slasher genre for the social media generation. He couldn't more