Saturday Frights: Saturday The 14th (1981)

Saturday Frights - Sean Hartter
Welcome back you fans of fiendishly frightful and macabre TV and Film! Tonight we have added a second feature to our Saturday Frights to celebrate the fact that tonight is indeed Saturday the 14th! What better way to celebrate the fact that ALMOST all of us made it through yesterday without getting a machete in the face by Jason Voorhees than to have a little good-natured fun by mocking the horror movies and slasher films we know and love with this cult comedy?

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

Saturday the 14th stars Richard Benjamin (Westworld, Catch-22) and his real life wife Paul Prentiss (The Stepford Wives) as parents who inherit their deceased Uncle’s home. Moving in with them are their son Billy (Kevin Brando) and daughter Debbie (Kari Michaelsen) but their are two more…people…interested in purchasing the home, Waldemar (Jeffrey Tambor) and his wife Yolanda (Nancy Lee Andrews). It would seem there is a book of great evil hidden somewhere within the house, one that contains images and text for a plethora of monsters, all one has to do is open the book and turn the pages to release the evil on each page into the real world. Surely no one would do that…

[Via] Santa Fe 37s
Here is an interesting bit of trivia. The house used in Saturday the 14th is the house used in the first Nightmare on Elm Street, three years before the Wes Craven film was released.

A big thanks to IMP Awards for the poster you see above!

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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3 thoughts on “Saturday Frights: Saturday The 14th (1981)

  1. hobgoblin238 says:

    Is it SO hard to release this classic on DVD again? On Amazon it is $50!!!! Re release it please!

  2. Cool post Vic! I remember this film well – saw it in the theaters in ’81 and then rented it on Netflix a few years ago. Kind of funny how I thought it was scary back in the day but found it so tame as an adult!
    And it starred Kari Michaelsen of Gimme a Break Fame!

  3. I hear ya, Hobgoblin238! I’m not sure what the rights holdup might be on the release. Maybe we’ll luck out and Shout Factory! will hear our pleas?

    Marco, I never had the pleasure of seeing this in the theaters when it first came out and even missed it when the Drive-In theatre played it. I did however watch it a ton of times on the Movie Channel back in the day. :)

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