Saturday the 14th (1981) **1/2
C: Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Darden, Rosemary DeCamp, Stacy Keach Sr.
Plot Synopsis: After inheriting a mansion from their late uncle, a family comes upon a book that unleashes all kinds of monsters that seek out the book in order to bring a curse full circle on Saturday the 14th.
Review: Remember back to when you were a kid. Do you remember that house at the end of the street that you were terrified of? Remember how the other kids would talk of all of the various dangers lurking within that house? Saturday the 14th takes that childhood whimsy of being scared of a creaky old house and brings it to life as we watch a husband & wife move into a house reminiscent of that with their kids in tow.
Once inside, doors open & shut for no reason. There's unexplained noises. Monsters dart back & forth unbeknownst to the characters, but since this is a spoof of the haunted house movies of yesteryear, Saturday the 14th finds the humor in these situations instead of the horror.
Some will walk away from Saturday the 14th feeling cheated by the misleading title, expecting a spoof of Friday the 13th. Others will be transported back to that feeling of being a kid, of watching creaky old haunted house movies and will experience a feeling of nostalgia. For those that fall into the latter category, they will love the film's sense of spirit and heart and will find the film endearing, even if the humor is a bit on the obvious side. [PG] 75 mins.
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