Saturday the 14th (1981)

PG | 76 mins | Comedy, Horror | 20 November 1981

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HISTORY

The 16 Apr 1981 HR announced that producer Julie Corman raised $3 million to finance Saturday the 14th prior to signing a distribution deal with her husband Roger Corman, who was president of New World Pictures.
       According to an item in the Sep 1981 Playboy and a review in the 24 Nov 1981 HR, Saturday the 14th was one of several horror-spoof projects in production in 1981, including the similarly titled project, United Artists’ Thursday the 12th. In order to beat the release dates of its competitors, producers rushed Saturday the 14th into production, completed principal photography in three weeks, and had a short post-production schedule. On 21 May 1981, DV announced New World Pictures planned to release Saturday the 14th in the summer of 1981. In the 26 Aug 1981 HR, Roger Corman reported that distributors were enthusiastic about his horror films, including Saturday the 14th, because they were easy to sell to theaters across the nation. The 24 Nov 1981 HR noted that Thursday the 12th, scheduled for release in Apr 1982, was retitled Pandemonium (1982, see entry) to avoid confusion with Saturday the 14th.
       The 25 Nov 1981 Var review reported that Saturday the 14th was released in Los Angeles, CA, on 20 Nov 1981, after “lackluster” performance at theaters around the country since Aug ... More Less

The 16 Apr 1981 HR announced that producer Julie Corman raised $3 million to finance Saturday the 14th prior to signing a distribution deal with her husband Roger Corman, who was president of New World Pictures.
       According to an item in the Sep 1981 Playboy and a review in the 24 Nov 1981 HR, Saturday the 14th was one of several horror-spoof projects in production in 1981, including the similarly titled project, United Artists’ Thursday the 12th. In order to beat the release dates of its competitors, producers rushed Saturday the 14th into production, completed principal photography in three weeks, and had a short post-production schedule. On 21 May 1981, DV announced New World Pictures planned to release Saturday the 14th in the summer of 1981. In the 26 Aug 1981 HR, Roger Corman reported that distributors were enthusiastic about his horror films, including Saturday the 14th, because they were easy to sell to theaters across the nation. The 24 Nov 1981 HR noted that Thursday the 12th, scheduled for release in Apr 1982, was retitled Pandemonium (1982, see entry) to avoid confusion with Saturday the 14th.
       The 25 Nov 1981 Var review reported that Saturday the 14th was released in Los Angeles, CA, on 20 Nov 1981, after “lackluster” performance at theaters around the country since Aug 1981.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 May 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Nov 1981.
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Los Angeles Times
25 Nov 1981
p. 6.
New York Times
16 Jan 1982
p. 12.
Playboy
Sep 1981.
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Variety
25 Nov 1981.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
New World Pictures Inc Presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Prod mgr/Asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Gaffer
Cam op
1st asst cam
Key grip
Best boy elec
Best boy grip
Grip/Elec
Still photog
Graphic anim photog, Spec visual eff
Asst cam, Spec visual eff
Dir of photog, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
Ed, Spec visual eff
Asst ed, Spec visual eff
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Const
Asst props
COSTUMES
Asst ward
MUSIC
Mus comp
SOUND
Sd mixer
Synthesizer programmer
Sd mixer, 2d unit
Sd services by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Pyrotechnic eff
Creature eff
Creature eff
Anim titles
Stop motion/Graphic anim, Spec visual eff
Graphic anim asst, Spec visual eff
Graphic anim asst, Spec visual eff
Graphic anim asst, Spec visual eff
Stop motion models, Spec visual eff
Stop motion models, Spec visual eff
Opt supv, Spec visual eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod coord
Scr supv
Post prod supv
Teacher/Welfare worker
Prod accountant
Prod secy
Prod asst
Prod asst
Vehicles
Craft services
Security
"The Book" courtesy
"The Book" lettering
Prod asst, 2d unit
STAND INS
Stuntperson
Paula Prentiss' double
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 November 1981
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 20 November 1981
New York opening: 15 January 1982
Copyright Claimant:
Julie Corman
Copyright Date:
4 March 1982
Copyright Number:
PA131212
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Prints
Prints by Deluxe
Duration(in mins):
76
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
26449
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

John and his wife, Mary, inherit his uncle’s supposedly cursed estate. Waldemar and Yolanda, a vampire couple, want to buy the property and their real estate agent believes the family will quickly sell the decrepit home, but John and Mary are excited to move in with their teenage daughter, Debbie, and young son, Billy. Waldemar and Yolanda lurk outside, worried the family will find “the book.” Inside, Debbie complains that the house is creepy while Billy investigates bookshelves. As Mary and John clean the kitchen, they discover a note from his uncle warning them not to open “the book.” They do not find a book in the kitchen, but Billy discovers The Book of Evil and opens it. The first page threatens that “Whosoever shall open this book releases into the world all the evil herein.” The next page reads that “It gets bad on Friday the thirteenth, but it gets worse on Saturday the fourteenth.” When Billy flips the page, an illustrated monster vanishes from the book and manifests as a living creature outside the window. Billy continues to read, unknowingly releasing fiends from the book into reality. That night, the real estate lady arrives to ask if the family is ready to sell, but she is killed by a monster before reaching the front door. Inside, Billy is awakened by a creature and screams. John rushes to his son’s room, and the beast hides as John declares monsters do not exist. Returning to the bedroom, John discovers Mary is no longer in their bed. She returns moments later, ... +


John and his wife, Mary, inherit his uncle’s supposedly cursed estate. Waldemar and Yolanda, a vampire couple, want to buy the property and their real estate agent believes the family will quickly sell the decrepit home, but John and Mary are excited to move in with their teenage daughter, Debbie, and young son, Billy. Waldemar and Yolanda lurk outside, worried the family will find “the book.” Inside, Debbie complains that the house is creepy while Billy investigates bookshelves. As Mary and John clean the kitchen, they discover a note from his uncle warning them not to open “the book.” They do not find a book in the kitchen, but Billy discovers The Book of Evil and opens it. The first page threatens that “Whosoever shall open this book releases into the world all the evil herein.” The next page reads that “It gets bad on Friday the thirteenth, but it gets worse on Saturday the fourteenth.” When Billy flips the page, an illustrated monster vanishes from the book and manifests as a living creature outside the window. Billy continues to read, unknowingly releasing fiends from the book into reality. That night, the real estate lady arrives to ask if the family is ready to sell, but she is killed by a monster before reaching the front door. Inside, Billy is awakened by a creature and screams. John rushes to his son’s room, and the beast hides as John declares monsters do not exist. Returning to the bedroom, John discovers Mary is no longer in their bed. She returns moments later, but John is oblivious to two bite marks on her neck. Meanwhile, Billy battles the creature in his room, and when he shields himself with the book, its touch electrifies the monster’s hands. Brandishing the book as a weapon, Billy forces the creature through the window and it falls to its death. Outside, Waldemar realizes that the family has opened the book that he has sought for three hundred years, and worries that the world will end in two days. The next morning, Billy searches for a book that will reveal how to return the monsters to their pages. Mary discovers the kitchen is spotless and thanks John for doing the dishes, but neither he nor the children cleaned the kitchen. As John and Mary leave to go shopping, their next door neighbor, a police officer named Ernie Muldowney, cuts across their yard, apologizing that he did not sleep well last night and forgot his badge. Upstairs, Debbie does not notice the fin swimming in the tub as she gets into a bubble bath, and is attacked by a sea creature. Grabbing a towel, Debbie runs downstairs, screaming for Billy’s help. He tells her to distract the monster while he retrieves the book, but Billy discovers that Mary cleaned his room, and the book is no longer under his pillow. Outside, as Officer Muldowney rushes back to work, he hears Debbie’s screams and runs inside. Muldowney shoots, but bullets do not stop the sea creature. Debbie faints as the monster kills Muldowney and leaves with his body. Worried that his parents will think everything is his fault, Billy drags his sister upstairs, deposits her in the bathtub, and pretends to read as his parents return. Debbie thinks she dreamed the incident, but wants to leave the creepy place. Mary, however, loves the home and announces that their relatives want to visit, so they will host a party on Saturday the fourteenth. On Friday the thirteenth, Debbie returns from grocery shopping, mentions that she met Waldemar and Yolanda at the store, and that they inquired about antique books in the house. Meanwhile, as Mary cleans upstairs, she hears sounds in the attic, investigates, and is attacked by a horde of bats. The bats disappear when Waldemar arrives, and, although Mary does not see the vampire, he telepathically orders her to take a nap. John calls “The Major,” an exterminator, to eliminate the bats, and the Major informs vampire hunter Van Helsing. Posing as an exterminator, Van Helsing announces he must stay overnight to take care of the bat problem, and asks if there are any old books in the house. When Mary sees Van Helsing, she screams and runs into her bedroom. While John checks on Mary, he asks Debbie to cook the roast for dinner. In the kitchen, Billy sees the misspelled words “Soon all ded” appear on the window and closes the curtains, but they keep sliding open. Debbie retrieves the meat from the refrigerator, but, instead of a roast, it is Muldowney’s decapitated head. Screaming, she runs upstairs to get John, but when they return to the kitchen, only a cooked roast sits on the table. At dinner, Mary refuses to eat the garlic-covered meat, and Van Helsing asks if her strange behavior started when they moved into the house. He declares the book is in the house, and whoever opened it, is doomed to eternal damnation. John is confused, but Billy admits he opened the book and it is now missing. John wants to cancel the party and sell the house, but Van Helsing claims it is too late. That night, Waldemar telepathically asks Mary to retrieve the book, but when she reaches for it in the closet, it electrifies her and Waldemar orders her back to bed. Meanwhile, Debbie gets up to use the bathroom, but, instead, finds herself in the kitchen with several monsters. She sneaks back to the second floor, which is shrouded in fog. The sea creature tries to capture her, but loses her in the mist, and Debbie returns to bed. Waldemar and Yolanda transform into bats and fly inside, but are stopped by their old nemesis, Van Helsing, who threatens them with his latest potion, and the vampires leave. Billy joins Van Helsing and wants to leave, but when he opens the door, gusty winds block his exit. On Saturday the fourteenth, Debbie learns that she, too, cannot leave, and monsters block the telephone lines. Upstairs, John finds Mary lying on a pile of dirt in their bed. She promises to clean it later, then lunges to bite his neck, but the doorbell rings and he leaves to answer it. At the front door, it is calm when the delivery boy enters with pizza and liquor, but strong winds prevent him from leaving. Later, Mary welcomes their relatives. Nosy Aunt Lucille insists on hanging up her fur coat and is attacked by a monster in the closet. Neighbor Annette Muldowny arrives alone, thinking her husband has worked for the past two days. As it nears midnight, Mary, using potholders to protect her hands, discovers the book is missing from its hiding place. Upon learning that Billy has disappeared, Van Helsing organizes a search for the boy. Monsters lurk everywhere, killing the relatives, and Annette finds her husband’s head before she is murdered by a creature. One minute before midnight, the doorbell rings and Billy, carrying the book, enters with Waldemar and Yolanda, who reveal that Van Helsing is evil. While facing off, Van Helsing orders his monsters to attack. Billy hits Van Helsing with the book and shocks him. However, Van Helsing insists he cannot be killed and grabs the book. He turns red, then disappears, and the monsters vanish with him. Waldemar and Yolanda are satisfied with their success and, before departing, magically transform the house so the family can live happily ever after. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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