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Saturday the 14th (1981)

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A family inherits an old mansion which houses the dangerous 'Book of Evil' that has all the monsters of the world trapped inside it.


Howard R. Cohen


Jeff Begun (story), Howard R. Cohen (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Benjamin ... John Hyatt
Paula Prentiss ... Mary Hyatt
Jeffrey Tambor ... Waldemar
Severn Darden ... Van Helsing
Kari Michaelsen ... Debbie Hyatt
Kevin Brando Kevin Brando ... Billy Hyatt
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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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Did You Know?


None of the cast returned for the movie's sequel Saturday the 14th Strikes Back (1988), but the two movies did share several crew including the same producer, director, a writer and the composer. See more »


Debbie's panties change from blue to white, back to blue and then white again before she goes into the tub. See more »


Van Helsing: When I get that book, I will rule the world! Think of it - famine! War! Death!
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Spoofs Dracula (1931) See more »

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"If you weren't immortal, you'd kill yourself!"
4 March 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Real life couple Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss star in this crude and goofy horror parody from New World and producer Julie Corman (Roger C.s' wife). They play John and Mary, who inherit some property that turns out to be cursed. When their inquisitive son Billy (Kevin Brando) happens to open an all important book, he unleashes unspeakable evil on the house - and potentially the world. A non stop assortment of truly ridiculous monsters show up to terrorize John, Mary, Billy, and teen aged daughter Debbie (Kari Michaelsen).

Also along for the ride is top character actor Severn Darden, as an exterminator with the appropriate name of Van Helsing. Jeffrey Tambor, in his second feature film appearance, co- stars as a vampire named Waldemar. As always, these two guys prove to be very valuable. The movie really does hit its stride once Darden shows up. He has most of the best lines.

This is going to come off as much too tame and lame for some tastes, but clearly screenwriter / director Howard R. Cohen was going for a family audience. Some characters do die, but mostly off screen, and there isn't much gore to speak of - aside from a fairly nasty severed head. The creature costumes are hysterically dumb looking, and among those horror classics spoofed are "Creature from the Black Lagoon", "Jaws", and "The Birds". The finale is absolutely cartoonish, with sound effects accompanying all the face making that our adversaries are doing.

Benjamin and the oh so sexy Prentiss are a hoot as the parents, and are ably supported by Tambor, Darden, and others like Rosemary DeCamp, Stacy Keach Sr., and 70s exploitation starlet Roberta Collins.

It might be silly and infantile, but that's not always necessarily a bad thing, and this could appeal to any horror fan who saw it as a kid, or the young at heart.

Six out of 10.

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Release Date:

30 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saturday the 14th See more »

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New World Pictures See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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