recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff
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.
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!
More a hang-out movie than a Agatha Christie style horror flick; and the big reveal has some gaping plot holes, but overall, it is clever fun.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Had I watched April Fool's Day as a gore-hungry teen, I likely would have been left furious. Watching it now with more of a sense of humour and also knowing about its sneaky twist, I enjoyed the hell out of it. Essentially one big, winking prank on its audience, April Fool's Day has a lot of fun setting us up for a fall and then slapping us across the face with multiple 'HA! Got you!' moments in its final ten minutes. It's helped by the fact that it is an extremely slick mid-80s effort with solid cinematography, a goofy but fun score, and excellent locations. Along with its 80s aesthetics, it's packed with great stars of the era like Amy Steel, Deborah Foreman and Thomas F. Wilson. It's surprising that a film with the almost sole purpose of pissing off its audience could exist, but I'm glad it does.
A most excellent 90 minute gag.
Slasher?Presa in giro?Genialata?
Walton gioca con lo spettatore per 90 minuti depistandolo.
I primi 30 sono lenti poi con il primo omicidio l'interesse aumenta ma alla fine non si discosta molto dalle cose già viste in altri film del genere.
Gli omicidi sono girati molto bene e la colonna sonora insomma.
In giro c'è sicuramente di meglio.
Somehow missed this one over the years. Goofy like only 80s movies can be. A decent flick for any 80s horror movie lover. Not really something for anyone else though.
"Don't anyone say 'April Fools' again or I'll rip them apart!"
[EDIT: this would have been posted the day I watched it, but Letterboxd was arguing with me, so therefore - it wouldn't post. Now that the Gremlins are gone, I figured I had the chance to finally post it now.]
Directed by Fred Walton, April Fool’s Day is a 1986 American mystery/horror film that follows a group of college students and their weekend getaway to an island estate [belonging to another, but wealthy classmate] which seems to be infiltrated by a killer on the loose. It’s not necessarily a “scary” movie, and when I first watched it – I didn’t enjoy it. Actually, I was quite upset with it;…
I like the start of this movie. The home movie interviews and the girl with the jack in the box is a good set up.
And nothing good comes out of a jack in the box.
It has probably been close to 20 years since I have seen this flick. I actually liked it better now than the first time I saw it. It comes across as your standard slasher flick at first, but it really isn't. I can see why some don't like it as It has little gore compared to the standard 80's slasher flick. The small pranks throughout are humorous and well timed. Very smart movie.
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