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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.

Director:

Howard R. Cohen

Writers:

Jeff Begun (story), Howard R. Cohen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Benjamin ... John
Paula Prentiss ... Mary
Jeffrey Tambor ... Waldemar
Severn Darden ... Van Helsing
Kari Michaelsen Kari Michaelsen ... Debbie
Kevin Brando Kevin Brando ... Billy
Rosemary DeCamp ... Aunt Lucille (as Rosemary De Camp)
Stacy Keach Sr. ... Attorney
Carole Androsky Carole Androsky ... Marge, the Real Estate Lady (as Carol Androsky)
Roberta Collins ... Cousin Rhonda
Nancy Lee Andrews Nancy Lee Andrews ... Yolanda
Paul 'Mousie' Garner ... The Major
Annie O'Donnell ... Annette Muldowney, the Next Door Neighbor
Thomas Newman 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.


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sábado 14 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Principal photography lasted three weeks. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Waldemar: He's in there, and we're out here. He's got that book by now!
Yolanda: If he had that book by now, he wouldn't still be in there.
Waldemar: But we'd still be out here.
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Connections

Spoofs Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) 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 Lee EisenbergSee 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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