Picks and Pans Review: Saturday the 14th

updated 02/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Nice title. Nice idea: Parody the recent epidemic of gruesome chillers in which young women are stalked and savaged. Lousy movie, though. The film puts Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss in an inherited mansion, along with vampires, monsters and evil forces, but not many jokes. (The best is that the TV set receives only reruns of The Twilight Zone, and a Rod Serling voice murmurs in the background.) This is not a parody, just another haunted-house spoof, and not done nearly as well as Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers or even 1941's Spooks Run Wild, with the Bowery Boys and Bela Lugosi. (PG)

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