Friday the 13th is a beloved franchise and a day that is loved by many and hated by the rest. Whether you fill your day with Jason Voorhees, a litany of other horror movies or just avoid leaving the house altogether, after it’s over, then that’s just all there is. Well, I’m here to tell you there’s more, boy and girls. I want to introduce you Saturday the 14th.
Saturday the 14th is a little known gem that came out in 1981. As I was spooky even as a youngster, this was one of my favorite movies growing up.
The story follows a very vanilla couple, John (Richard Benjamin) and Mary (Paula Prentiss). As bland and suburban as they come, they inherit a house from John’s recently passed uncle.
Thinking it would be a good change to move to the house, John and Mary pack up their two kids, Debbie (Kari Michaelson) and Billy (Kevin Brando). When they get to the house, it turns out that it isn’t what they expect. While it’s old and decrepit, ever optimistic John and Mary are convinced this is their new home.
Not long into moving in, the kids (because the parents are oblivious) notice that something is off. The TV only plays Twilight Zone episodes, it always seems to be storming outside, and there are bats in the belfry.
Watching the family as they move in are two ancient and grumpy vampires, Waldemar (Jeffrey Tambor) and Yolanda (Nancy Lee Andrews). They are hell bent on getting a book that they are convinced is in the house: a book they know can unleash an evil that can destroy all…The Book of Evil.
So, Billy finds it, of course, while he’s dicking around in the house library. Like the doofus he is, he opens it despite reading the inscription, “Whoever shall open this book releases into the world all the evil herein.” I mean, why not, right? As he turns the pages, the monsters inside materialize in the real world to bring havoc and…murder.
Remember those bats I mentioned? Mary is attacked in the attic by said bats (or “owls” as she calls them) causing them to bring in an exterminator, Van Helsing (Severn Darden) because plot progression. All this comes to a head on Saturday the 14th, because if you thought Friday the 13th was bad, you had no idea.
I love this movie. Remember when Scary Movie came out and poked fun at a ton of horror movies and everyone loved it? This movie did it long before the Wayans did. Saturday the 14th is over the top, slapstick, and hilarious. With homages to The Birds, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and many more, watching Saturday the 14th is a great tradition you should start for the much forgotten day.