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Saturday the 14th (1981)

aka Saturday the 14th

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Details: 75 mins · English · PG (USA)


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Small John
Small Mary
Small Waldemar
No_movie_poster Van Helsing
No_movie_poster Debbie
No_movie_poster Billy
Small Aunt Lucille
No_movie_poster Marge, the Real Estate Lady
No_movie_poster Cousin Rhonda
No_movie_poster Attorney


No_movie_poster Howard R. Cohen Director
No_movie_poster Jeff Begun Writer
No_movie_poster Julie Corman Production
No_movie_poster Kent Beyda Editing


An all-American family inherits a deceased uncle's house. John (Richard Benjamin) and Mary (Paula Prentiss), together with daughter Debbie (Kari Michaelsen) and son Billy (Kevin Brando), move in, but Waldemar (Jeffrey Tambor), a vampire figure, and Yolanda (Nancy Andrews), his wife, want desperately to get into the rundown house because it contains a book of evil.

Billy finds the mysterious book. He reads of a curse hanging over the date of Saturday the 14th. As he turns the page, a monster is unleashed, and with each turn another disappears from the page and is materialized within or outside the home. The house is soon swarming with monsters.

Strange things start happening: eyes appear in John's coffee, sandwiches are mysteriously eaten, the television tunes into The Twilight Zone only, dirt is found in Mary's bed, dishes get done by themselves, neighbors disappear. As this is happening, neither John or Mary suspect anything, oblivious to the spooky occurrences around them.

Waldemar gets into the house by turning into a bat. Mary keeps hearing noises at night which she thinks are made by owls, but are actually the sounds of Waldemar the bat. John hires an exterminator to get rid of the owls. The exterminator turns out to be Van Helsing (Severn Darden), who is also after the book of evil.

John and Mary begin planning a housewarming party for Saturday the 14th. Guests arrive but cannot leave. When they try, a thunderstorm appears outside the door. As the night unfolds, the monsters begin to off the guests one by one.

Eventually a duel between Van Helsing and the vampire erupts, where it is discovered that Van Helsing is after the book in order to rule the world. The vampire Waldemar is actually trying to prevent this from happening. Good wins over evil, as Van Helsing and the monsters are defeated.

The family ends up in an upscale new home while Waldemar and Yolanda keep the original house as their own.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2001-03-27