Saturday the 14th (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

Saturday the 14th (1981)




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A suspense comedy spoof about a family that disregards a warning in a will, and decides to accept their inheritance of a cursed house. See "House on Haunted Hill" (1958), "Friday the 13th," "Halloween" and other slasher-suspense flicks for this film's targets.
Comedy , Horror
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Concorde/New Horizons Home Video


Severn Darden
as Van Helsing
Jeffrey Tambor
as Waldemar
Nancy Andrews
as Yolanda
Roberta Collins
as Cousin Rhonda
Thomas Newman
as Cousin Phil
Rosemary DeCamp
as Aunt Lucille
Anne O'Donnell
as Annette
Stacy Keach Sr.
as Attorney
Stacy Keach
as Attorney
Irwin Russo
as Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for Saturday the 14th

All Critics (10)

Goofy, stupid, and often quite strange. It's a blast.

August 25, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Two great comic actors, one lousy movie.

May 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Saturday the 14th

Call me the 31% I remember this when I was a kid and I use to watch it all the time. It does have that nostalgic feel torwards it. Its a clean stupid comedy horror movie what else can anyone ask for.

John Anderson
John Anderson

I can't even begin to defend this silly movie. Saturday the 14th is considered a spoof of the various horror sub genres, but in fact it does its own thing while still being a bit of a spoof. It certainly isn't a spoof in the style of the Zucker comedies and it's more homage than anything. Besides the title, it's got lots to send up. Everything from Dracula, bats, a werewolf, a mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon... basically all of the Universal classic monster bits, are in there. Then it also takes knocks at slasher and haunted house movies like Halloween, Jaws and The Amityville Horror, or even the original House on Haunted Hill. It's comedy isn't all that funny, per se, but it's too lighthearted and harmless to be written off completely. It does feature a very early role for Jeffrey Tambor, and I also like the dad who doesn't buy into any of this ghouls and ghosts business... even when they're standing right in front of him. I'm not sure if that was the aim, but it's definitely in the performance. The movie isn't that good I guess, and it's more or less obscure nowadays, but it's enjoyable for what it is, which is a harmless (but mostly unfunny) horror comedy. Actually, now that I think of it, this and Ghost Fever would make a great double feature... or not. ;)

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Not that funny to tell you the truth. Don't watch it. p.s: as I have to give it a half star, so that will be for the starting where the werewolf coughed. That was funny.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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