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April Fool's Day
Childish pranks turn into a bloody battle for survival!
A group of eight college friends gather together at an island mansion belonging to heiress Muffy St. John to celebrate their final year of school. They soon discover that each has a hidden secret from their past which is revealed, and soon after, they turn up dead. Yet, are they really dead? Or is it just part of some very real and cruel April Fool's jokes?
Preppie fuckers enjoying a fun time on Spring Break. Home movies. You should always fuck on the first date. A Jack-in-the-box. A Final-Friday girl. There's something about ferry boats and old-fuckers in horror films. Old fuckin' money. A silly-willy prank. Southern accents. Chaz's shades. Bye-bye eye. Fuckin' Muffy. Bunny napkins. Hot dogs. Sex-talk. Ding-dongs for dessert. Mother fuckin' Biff. Rob's mullet. Killer fog. Tricky lights. Kama Sutra fucking? Skip floats. Snakes in the grass. The well. Mineral water. Levi's jeans. What's your secret? Show and tell. The attic. Barbie dolls. Swinging Harvey. Muffy rhymes with Buffy. Falling head. The ultimate rehearsal. A fun fuckin' flick with a few familiar faces from the golden era of slashers. April fuckin' Fool's! Party on mother fuckers.
Your laces are undone.
One of my favorite films, and one of the most misunderstood and underrated horror films out there, probably due to being marketed as just another holiday themed slice-n-dice, when it's actually more like Agatha Christie's TEN LITTLE INDIANS rewritten as a slasher film by David Mamet. It's a genre critique/parody inside a hall of mirrors.
A group of mostly priveleged college kids are invited by their eccentric, rich friend Muffy (the excellent Deborah Foreman) to spend April Fools' Day weekend at her family's secluded island estate. For the holiday, Muffy (played by Foreman as a loveable yet slightly sinister and possibly crazy trickster) has booby trapped the entire mansion with things like trick doorknobs, dribble glasses and various creepy props…
Every so often, a horror film comes along that serves as an antidote to the like-minded films that came before it, injecting energy into quickly-becoming-stale cliches of the genre. Sometimes clever parodies, sometimes reverent, post-modern statements, from "Mark of the Vampire" to "Scream" and "The Cabin in the Woods" to "You're Next," these films are both tributes to and natural progressions of the horror genre lifecycle. "April Fool's Day" is one of these films. It is built on genre cliches that any audience member fluent in slasher tropes would recognize, but it carries them through to series of different ends.
The film centers around a group of college students who spend a weekend in a remote country house and begin…
I am such an idiot and this is such a fun movie. The cast are young, lovely, likable and it's a real treat to see Biff and the chick from F13th 2. I can't believe I haven't watched this hoot of a holiday horror flick before tonight. Whoopee cushions, exploding cigars, decapitations...
One could gripe that it's a little tame and light on boobage. Nevertheless, April Fool's Day makes it up by being nicely shot, well cast and featuring an above par screenplay abound with tension, terror, humour and smarts.
Right, I'm off to cling film a toilet seat!
“Nice? It's gotta be better than nice. It's gotta be bloody unforgettable.”
-Muffy (Deborah Foreman)
Whilst at first this may seem like you’re average 1980’s slasher; those defined by a lack of care for the writing, focus on the gaudily gory executions, and, of course, the terrible hair of the generation. What, in fact, April Fool’s Day is is one of the most underrated and overlooked ‘slashers’ of the generation, largely because it is just so misunderstood. I use the term slasher in inverted commas because although it was marketed as such prior to release, this is in fact an intelligent satire of that sub-genre.
Although one would make the immediate assumption that the cast assembled herein are also the…
WATCHED AS PART OF MY UNSEEN 80S PROJECT
A film once classified as an 18 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification (it's now a 15) this cheeky horror movie attempts to turn the Slasher genre on its head. It's not entirely successful, the ending can be seen a mile away, it's really not that difficult to work out which kills (ha!) any tension. However, a game cast, including Biff Tannen and a good score by Charles (A Nightmare On Elm Street) Bernstein makes it watchable but your tolerance for the final shot may vary.
Seriously, though, what kind of name is Muffy?
First Line:: Hi... My name is Mary O'Reilly O'Toole O'Shea
My Wife:: What?! No it isn't!
Interestingly enough, this semi-spoof is the first slasher movie I ever saw as it used to play on tv a lot due to its relatively low level of violence. It's not a very strong entry into the subgenre... but it's pretty fun and pretty weird and works well when it's just being a hangout movie. Even the slasher elements aren't bad per se, but the pacing is a little off to really work as a good horror movie. The kinda goofy characters come first and foremost here, which is atypical of the genre and a welcome addition. A showy performance from Thomas F. Wilson is especially fun.
Hoop-Tober 2 - Film #15
Here's the thing with April Fool's Day, it's a Brat Pack horror film without the Brat Pack. It's funny and I thought it was very enjoyable from start to end. I didn't know what to expect from a April Fool's Day horror film. I mean it sounds interesting, we get a lot of horror films for holidays like Halloween, Christmas and even Valentine's Day but I hadn't heard of a lot for April Fools. It's the perfect setup for a horror film and I thought this film pulled it off in a way that couldn't be done now. The film ends with a twist that can make or break the film for many and I…
Film #16 in my 31 Days of Horror
With other holiday dates taken, a horror based around April Fool's Day actually works quite well with a likeable bunch of teens playing pranks on each other before things start going wrong.
It's best you know nothing about it so I'll just give a vague outline. It starts off as a Cabin in the Woods film or, to be more exact, a Mansion on an Island film. This sets up a Murder Mystery which gradually evolves into a Slasher...
I wasn't sure about this at first but I warmed to it and it turned out to be a lot of fun.
Fond memories of catching this one on the tail end of a video tape that also had one of the earlier Wrestlemanias on it that I had borrowed from a friend. The ending took me off guard and as a kid used to straightforward slasher fare like the Friday the 13th movies I wasn't too fond of it, but in hindsight it's pretty brilliant and helps separate this film from the 80s slasher pack. Not much here in the way of gore really so I'm not sure why this was even given an R rating. Definitely one of the more unique offerings in the 80s slasher zeitgeist.
No10 Slashtober 2015
April Fools pranks abound as a group of college kids spend a weekend on an island. But the jokes begin to turn deadly.
A nicely handled take on Agatha Christie's oft filmed Ten Little Indians.
But is it a slasher?
Misunderstood, clever take on the slasher genre.
Last seen on VHS. April Fool's Day - Where the pranks are a plenty. I remembered thinking this was stupid shit the first time I watched this. I think felt the same way about Scream, but I recently saw that and loved it. I think I really got into Horror around 18, and when I did, I was into the shock genre, like faces of death - that sort of stuff. I think I didn't care much for comedy horror films. I love em' now at 31.
I'm not sure what to say about this one, it's a pretty decent entry for a slasher and it's not your typical slasher film, well it is, but the ending is what sets it apart.
Something about this one just doesn't work. All of the characters are recognizable cliches, but it doesn't really feel like they're fleshed out at all. I recognize Amy Steel from Friday The 13th Part 2, and I recognized Tom Wilson from the Back To The Future movies, and that's about it.
The mansion location is stuffy as hell (like at all times a grease fire was put out about ten minutes ago), and I don't really care about the twist ending. It doesn't really make me care any more or less.
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