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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.
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.
I really have to stop watching April Fool's Day because I like it less and less/feel more cheated each time I bother giving it another chance. To my future self reading this: PUT THE DVD DOWN.
First of all, you know, I would not laugh at any of the pranks and after the third or fourth broken chair/water spraying me in the face/spilling drinks down the front of me/getting locked in my room prank, I would have totally lost it. That's right, I'm one of those people who hates harmless fun at my own anxiety-riddled expense. I would be beyond annoyed and, I guess what I'm trying to say is that if I was in this movie, everyone would have…
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!
Pretty sure this movie was conceived for an April Fool's joke, written for an April Fool's joke, pitched for an April Fool's joke, bought by a studio for an April Fool's joke, rewritten for an April Fool's joke, greenlit for an April Fool's joke, entered pre production for an April Fool's joke, cast for an April Fool's joke, filmed for an April's Fool joke, edited for an April Fool's joke, scored by a composer for an April Fool's joke, marketed for an April Fool's joke, released in theaters for an April Fool's joke, released on DVD for an April Fool's joke, sent to me by Netflix for an April Fool's joke, delivered to me by the post office for an April Fool's joke, in fact every person that contributed to this movie getting made and being viewed by me did it for an April Fool's joke.
Except the boom operator. He just thought it was another gig.
A great and interesting twist on the tired 'slasher' format, which I really enjoyed. It laid the path for so many films that followed, particularly those horror spoofs made in the 90s.
I totally get why a lot of people dislike April Fool's day; it's pace is languid, the twist pretty egregious and all those wacky hijinks can be tiresome to watch. Given its relativen bloodlessness and lack of payoff, you can see why it would be frustrating for gore-hungry slasher fans.
All that said, there's something about the vibe of this movie I really enjoy. It feels like a sister film of sorts to Happy Birthday to Me; WASPy high-society types playing mind games with eachother, deceipt and secrecy, a hyper-80s aesthetic. Seriously, some the outfits have to be seen to be believed. Tuxedo jackets over wife-beaters! Batwing-sleeved blouses with giant brooches! Bedazzled denim jackets with lace applique! Oversized pastel argyle…
I remember hating this 30 years ago for the same reason I don't like Scooby Doo - the big reveal being a big cheat that reveals the horrific happenings to be a fake-out.
Keeping that in mind made it less frustrating this go-round, but ultimately it still makes everything seem pointless. Also, certain plot happenings don't make much logical sense in hindsight.
It's pretty good then that ending.... What a flop
Has to be seen to be believed, and depending on your mood you will either love or hate it.
If i hear or see one more fucking pun, prank or the actual words "April's fools" again...i'm going to scream! Ahhhhhh I GET ITTT!!
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recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff