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April Fool's Day (1986)

Deborah Foreman , Griffin O'Neal , Fred Walton  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Deborah Foreman, Griffin O'Neal, Clayton Rohner, Jay Baker, Pat Barlow
  • Directors: Fred Walton
  • Writers: Danilo Bach
  • Producers: Frank Mancuso Jr.
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I05
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,491 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "April Fool's Day" on IMDb

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish there were extras... March 24, 2004
Format:DVD
"April Fool's Day" is yet another one of those holiday themed slasher films that emerged in the wake of the "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" successes. You know all about them if you follow the genre in any substantive way--movies with names like "Mother's Day," "Graduation Day," "My Bloody Valentine," and "Silent Night, Deadly Night." O.K., the last two don't specifically refer to dates, but it doesn't take a genius to infer that the two films play on Valentine's Day and Christmas. The slasher genre never died out thanks in large part to the billion plus sequels in the "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" franchises, but their poorer cousins did fade into obscurity until DVD resurrected them. All I can say about that is thank goodness! I'm the first to admit that some of these films fail to rise above mediocrity, but several of them are quite good. "April Fool's Day" definitely falls into the latter category. The film doesn't contain a lot of gore we stalk and slash lovers have come to know and love, but the central plot of the film and its amazing twist ending makes the movie well worth watching. There is no other way to say it--"April Fool's Day" is actually a spoof of the entire slasher phenomena, and it spoofs the genre years before "Scream" appeared on the scene.
What makes "April Fool's Day" so different from the other slasher films? You won't notice anything amiss for most of the film. The plot is quite basic: a gang of college students accepts an invitation from a rich classmate to spend a few days at her opulent house on a remote island. The girl inviting all of her friends, Muffy Saint John (great name, eh?), is a bit of an oddball.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Childish pranks turn into a bloody battle for survival! September 25, 2003
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Finding an inexpensive copy of this DVD in the Amazon Market Place, I figured 'What the heck?' and picked it up. The movie begins with a familiar theme, a group of college kids on their way to an isolated location (queue foreboding music). Apparently this group was assembled by a common friend to spend the weekend at spacious house on an island whose only access is by ferry, which only runs during the week, so they are basically stuck there until Monday. Through the use of a video camera, we are introduced to the various guests and they seem like your typical group for an 80's horror movie.
After an eventful trip on the Ferry of Death, they arrive on the Island of Death, and are greeted by their Hostess of Death (sorry, I'll cut it out), Muffy St. John, played by Deborah Foreman, probably most recognizable as Julie from the 1983 movie Valley Girl. Muffy leads them to the secluded house, which is more like a mansion, and we find out that this house will be part of her inheritance when she turns 21. After a number of practical jokes, which Muffy set up, every turns in for the night, except for Skip, Muffy's cousin, who is still upset about an unpleasant event that happened on the ferry. Alone and visible drunk, he wanders down by the boathouse, ventures inside, and, as you can guess, the murderin' begins.
The next morning no one really seems to miss Skip (I know I didn't, as I thought he was kind of annoying), and a couple breaks off from the rest of the group and proceeds to go down by the boathouse to screw around. Their horizontal tango is cut short as the girl catches a glimpse of Skip's body floating under the boathouse, which, I guess, killed the mood as the couple goes running back to the house in a panic.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Cut Above Many '80s Slasher Flicks. No Foolin'! January 27, 2004
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Another teen horror film whose creators hoped to garner a few drops from the lucrative post-HALLOWEEN slasher-flick fount of the 1980s, APRIL FOOL'S DAY is surprisingly a cut above many of its contemporaries. The film contains relatively little graphic gore, no actual nudity, and some pretty good actors, thereby going against the cookie-cutter recipe and, instead, concentrating on the development of likable characters, eerie atmosphere, and some genuinely effective spook-show scares.
The plot unfolds at a sequestered island estate, familial home to wealthy college student Muffy St. John. Having the big house to herself the weekend of April 1st, Muffy has invited some of her fellow ivy-league students to spend a few days partying with her. Get a bunch of college kids together on April Fool's Day and, of course, the practical jokes abound. But this is a slasher flick, remember, so it isn't too long until the kiddos start turning up dead. But who's responsible for the bloodshed? Hostess Muffy? The boatman who ferried the group over to the island? One of Muffy's remaining guests? Or is there some other secret hiding behind the doors of the old family mansion?
APRIL FOOL'S DAY offers a successful combination of mystery, horror, and humor, and the talented young cast delivers both the suspense and the laughs without taking it too far over the top. The film's subtle scares and toned-down gore make it more akin to older psychological spook films like THE HAUNTING (1963) and THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1973) than to typical slasher fare, and this, combined with the good writing and good acting, make it stand out above many of the other teen horror flicks of the 1980s.
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Published 1 month ago by jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie.
I love this movie even though it's an old movie. It brings back memories of when I was younger and it came out. I still love watching it.
Published 3 months ago by Dawn Cramer
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect order
my entire order was perfect and i look forward to ordering more with your company.theres plenty of orders coming ahead!
Published 4 months ago by jeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars April Fool's Day Jay Baker
Now this movie does not sound like much from the beginning and the acting is not so great but they are kids so what do you expect? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Donkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but good...
Very funny yet scary but crazy movie. Just remember the title as you are watching it until the real end...
Published 5 months ago by Tommy D
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
Definitely a underrated classic old school movie! Only disappointment was when dvd arrived it was the newer cover art not the old school ponytail/knoose cover!
Published 5 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Classic!
Okay so after spending a weekend with Deborah Foreman, I just had to take a moment to hit this classic film. I viewed this when it first came out in 1986, and it seems timeless. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joseph Simon Hancock
4.0 out of 5 stars Good twist at the end.
I didn't expect the ending. Pretty good cast and plot, very good ending. I enjoyed watching this one and will watch again.
Published 6 months ago by Rebecca Ice
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