‘One Hell of a party!’
Saturday the 14th Strikes Back is a 1988 comedy horror film, written and directed by Howard R. Cohen and produced by Julie Corman for Concorde. It is a sequel to the 1981 film Saturday the 14th.
The film stars Ray Walston (Galaxy of Terror; Blood Salvage), Avery Schreiber, Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed; Crowhaven Farm; Silent Predators), Jason Presson, Julianne McNamara, Rhonda Aldrich, Daniel Will-Harris, Pamela Stonebrook, Joseph Ruskin. Horror icon Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes; The Devil’s Rejects; Self Storage) has a minor role as a mummy.
Eddie and his family have just inherited a spooky wreck of a house. What they do not know about the house is that it was built over an evil passage way, but they are soon to discover the wacky evil it releases…
A cynical Corman couple’s attempt to cash-in on the surprising video rental success of their already feeble 1981 comedy horror. Thematically, this is a throw-it-all-at-the-screen affair from Herman R. Cohen (who’d previously given the world Vampire Hookers, the original Saturday the 14th and Deathstalker).
The ‘self-reflective’ ending, i.e. excuse to re-use old footage, includes apocalyptic footage from previous Corman acquisitions and productions, including a bizarre one second shot of Johnny Ramone’s lower half and guitar from Rock ‘n’ Rock High School! Unless you are in a very charitable mood, or a die-hard Michael Berryman fan who must-see his every appearance, avoid.
Adrian J Smith, MOVIES & MANIA
“The film isn’t completely terrible though. There’s some cool looking puppets as well as entertaining stop motion throughout. There’s something moderately charming about the fact that the film never takes a second to stop. It’s one bad gag and bad joke after another. While the film doesn’t hold the same level of “so bad it’s good” praise that a Troll 2 or Plan 9 will receive it’s probably the only film where you get to see a werewolf spy on an olympic gold medalist in the shower.” Geekscape
” … few films are as entertaining as watching this movie try to be clever and fail. It’s simply that earnest and determined, and pity makes belly laughs deeper. Like a kid in socks trying to turn a corner on linoleum, like a drunken man hitting on a waitress, there is humor in watching repeated clumsy failure. For this, Saturday the 14th Strikes Back should be saluted.” Slasher Studios
“… not an improvement on the original but another series of weak gags … Neither a quintet of sexy young women nor footage lifted from Corman action films can save this fluff, and a good cast is wasted.” John Stanley, Creature Features
” … one of the most insane genre-related movies I think I’ve ever seen. If you’ve never experienced it for yourself, ST14SB basically makes Troll 2 look Oscar-worthy in comparison and yet, it’s really hard for me as a fan to hate on ST14SB because despite its numerous (and boy do I mean numerous flaws), you can tell it’s a movie with a horror-loving heart beating deep beneath its wacky surface and that’s something I can always appreciate as a fan.” The Misadventures of the Horror Chick
Cast and characters:
- Ray Walston as Gramps Baxter
- Avery Schreiber as Frank Baxter
- Patty McCormack as Kate Baxter
- Jason Presson as Eddie Baxter
- Julianne McNamara as Linda Baxter
- Rhonda Aldrich as Alice
- Daniel Will-Harris as Bert
- Pamela Stonebrook as Charlene
- Joseph Ruskin as Kharis
- Riad as Takatiri
- Phil Leeds as Leonard
- Leo Gordon as The Evil One (as Leo V. Gordon)
- Tommy Rall as The Werewolf
- Michael Berryman as The Mummy
- Dave Workman as The Plumber