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Saturday the 14th (1981)

A family moves into a house inhabited by scary creatures and a number of close calls ensue.

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John
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Mary
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Kari Michaelsen ...
Debbie
Kevin Brando ...
Billy
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Aunt Lucille (as Rosemary De Camp)
Stacy Keach Sr. ...
Attorney
Carole Androsky ...
Marge, the Real Estate Lady (as Carol Androsky)
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Cousin Rhonda
Nancy Lee Andrews ...
Yolanda
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The Major
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Annette Muldowney, the Next Door Neighbor
Thomas Newman ...
Cousin Phil
Allen Joseph ...
Uncle Bert
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Storyline

Primarily a spoof of the Friday the 13th series, but also takes shots at several other horror films. After his family moves to a new house, a young boy discovers a mysterious book describing the curse hanging over the date of Saturday the 14th. Opening the book releases a band of monsters into the house, and the family must join together to save themselves and their neighborhood. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <tss.yh.nec.co.jp>

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Just when you thought it was safe to look at the calendar again.


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PG | See all certifications »

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30 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Depois de Sexta 13  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Though Richard Benjamin occasionally has worked as an actor since he became a director, Saturday the 14th (1981) was the final cinema movie that Benjamin appeared in before he became a director with 1982's My Favorite Year (1982). See more »

Goofs

Zipper seen on back of the head of Creature from the Black Lagoon. See more »

Quotes

Television Announcer: George and Elizabeth Bennetson got into their car to go to a party... But this wasn't going to be the kind of party they expected. The guests are about to arrive -
John: Billy, will you turn that thing off?
Billy: I did turn it off.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th, Part 3: 3D (2014) See more »

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I said it before and I'll say it again: my generation needs to acknowledge Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss more.
15 August 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Oh god, another horror spoof?! Yes, but you gotta love this one. I get the feeling that they made "Saturday the 14th" for fun, and cast Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss to give the flick a less than totally silly feel. Benjamin and Prentiss play the parents of a typical all-American family who inherit a deceased uncle's house. Right after they move in, the son comes across a Book of Evil. He opens it, and sure enough, the house is soon swarming with monsters that the dad for some reason never notices (why don't parents pay more attention to what their kids say?). Meanwhile, husband-and-wife vampires are looking to gain control of the house.

This film definitely constitutes nice, silly fun. I wish that they'd shown just a little more of the daughter in that one scene, but the censors probably wouldn't have allowed that. But overall, the movie shows that my generation should acknowledge the careers of Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss as my parents' generation did. Also starring Jeffrey Tambor.

If I may add one thing, the last few months of 1981 saw some varied but fine cinema: aside from this movie, there was "Das Boot", "Gallipoli", "Mommie Dearest", "Mephisto", "The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie", "Ragtime", "My Dinner with Andre" and "Reds". Impressive.


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