We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
April Fool's Day
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…
“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…
Sadly for me, my own smartassness messed my experience with this film as I figured everything right in the knife prank in the beginning, otherwise I would probably have loved, since it's a very fun watch and a very clever film, not only another "Holyday Slasher" spawned by Halloween.
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…
Fun, fun, fun. Clever and accommodating without overreaching or pandering.
Frankly, you can dustbin a sizable portion of '80s horror, but you must keep this as required viewing for those who wonder what it was, in its brightest moments, capable of accomplishing.
If you love 80's slashers then this is for you.. A group of teenagers spend the night in a mansion and start getting murdered one by one.. Great twists and turns. This is well paced and a little different from the norm.. Cool flick
Much like the holiday it's named after, April Fool's Day is a highly annoying and far overrated comedy slasher from the mid 80s that does not deserve the reputation it gets.
Friends are traveling to an island to have a party celebrating something (I'm not sure what I was bored almost from the get go) and while at this beautiful house they start disappearing and being killed one by one. Killed in off camera ways! Yes that's right you don't see hardly any of the deaths which could have been April Fools Day's only saving grace and we don't get that. Nope not a little interesting bit. I was so bored watching this film. I know it tries to be…
'80s horror cheese to the max with some interesting twists. Can Muffy please plan my next weekend getaway?
April Fool's Day stands shoulder to shoulder with other terrific calendar-themed fright-flicks including Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Black Christmas. Sure, there's a bunch of good-looking young people shacked up together somewhere remote. That's pretty standard. For me, the thing that solidifies this one as one of those rare, good seasonal scare-flicks is that the theme of the holiday is really well-insinuated into the story and the spirit of the film. No one safe from getting a prank pulled on them - least of all the audience.
this movie is wild but also rly cool in a dumb way
A fairly bland, if at times edgy, whodunit from the height of the slasher era when any and every notable day of celebration or holiday was being mined as an excuse to butcher teenagers on screen. The ending proves as much to be a cop-out as much as it is nonsensical!
A girl named Muffy (don't worry, they address it) invites a disparate group of friends to a secluded mansion on a secluded island AND it's 1986... I'm not sure how murder wasn't on the brochure.
Although not grisly enough by half (albeit reasonably), this was a whodunnit that got it right. Even thinking meta-ly I couldn't pinpoint the who/why of it all (partially because the who/why requires a suspension of disbelief most viewers may not be ready to commit to), but it still scratched that itch that only an 80's slasher flick can.
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