John and Mary have just inherited the house of their dreams, but it comes with a catch... The house has been cursed, and soon, their son mistakenly unleashing hordes of monsters from the dreaded Book of Evil as the vampire Count Waldemar and his nemesis, Professor Van Helsing, battle for control over it! As the Book of Evil states: "It gets bad on Friday the 13th, but it gets worse on SATURDAY THE 14TH!" This silly spook show is safe for children of all ages, but it doesn't fare well for older audiences. The film opens entertainingly enough, offering up a few clever quips and playful nods to the classics of the genre before the writers run out of ideas and leave us with a slow and tedious second half. When it comes to costuming, the monsters are a joke unto themselves, and suffer from the cheapest dime store designs imaginable. Still, Richard Benjamin, Jeffrey Tambor, and the rest of the cast play their parts with a wink and a smile, hamming it up like the characters in a Scooby Doo mystery. Fond remembrances aside, SATURDAY THE 14TH is better left to childhood nostalgia.
Movies like SATURDAY THE 14TH:
STUDENT BODIES, SPOOKIES, SHRIEK IF YOU KNOW WHAT I DID LAST FRIDAY THE 13TH, REPOSSESSED, ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK, HOUSE, THE MONSTER SQUAD.