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Saturday the 14th (1981)

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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 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
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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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saturday the 14th 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

Though the movie was not successful at the box-office, the movie still produced a sequel, Saturday the 14th Strikes Back (1988), which was made and released about seven years later. See more »

Goofs

The day after they move into the house, Debbie says she's only had 15 minutes of sleep all night and can't face starting school on that amount of sleep. Later, Billy mentions starting school on Monday (within the same day). See more »

Quotes

Yolanda: What do the building codes say about filling the basement with earth?
Marge, the Real Estate Broker: It's... it's a finished basement.
Waldemar: Not yet it isn't.
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References Jaws 2 (1978) See more »

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Very bad.
21 January 2000 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

A poor movie - to put it mildly. The misleading title may make you think that this is going to be a parody of the "Friday the 13Th" formula, but it isn't. In fact, it's hard to know what type of movie they're supposed to be spoofing here. Anyway, this film is an appallingly unfunny comedy AND an unscary horror flick, so there's no reason for you to see it. It has one blessing, however, that saved it from the 1/10 rating (I gave it a 2): it's very, very short - but still not short enough to camouflage its lack of inspiration.


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