Scott Weinberg: My grandmother would record stuff like Halloween 2, The Boogens, and Hell Night off of HBO, and then we'd "secretly" stay up late to watch 'em. My mom's mom was a special woman for lots of reasons, but that was a biggie to me.
I learned that the director, Charles E. Sellier, Jr., had previously directed a lesser ski-school sex comedy called Snowballs. He is also an insanely prolific producer of TV westerns, some “B” horror films (he was behind a 1981 film called The Boogens), a series of Unsolved Mysteries-like documentaries about bigfoots and monsters, as well as a huge series of mushy faith-based documentaries (he was on board for a 2004 video film called George W. Bush: Faith in the White House). But then he also did stuff like Knight Rider 2000. He worked closely with Grizzly Adams. He had a famous reputation for four-walling theaters to show his films. Talk about a long and varied career. Sellier died in January of 2011.
''Saturday the 14th'' is not the worst horror film that opened here yesterday. That is ''The Boogens.'' However, ''Saturday the 14th'' is the most aggressively wasteful. It's an unfunny horror-filmparody with a cast headed by Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss and Severn Darden , directed and written by Howard R. Cohen, who shouldn't be trusted to park the cars of such people, much less make a movie with them.