April Fool's Day
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
1986 - an infamous time in horror movie history. The slasher boom of the early 1980s had more or less completely curdled by this point, but nobody had come up with anything to replace the long played-out template which had very little influence beyond initiating the replacement of tired stories about sexually neurotic psycho killers with tired stories about sexually neurotic psycho killer monsters.
And yet, in despite of this widespread creative anemia, if not indeed because of it, 1986 produced, April Fool's Day, one of the savviest examples of slasher film self-commentary in existence, It says quite a lot at how ingenious the movie is that I can't quite figure out what to call it, even; a parody without jokes, maybe, a movie so stone-faced and unblinking in its satiric aggression against the subgenre that until it pulls back the curtain in the second-to-last scene and tells you what it's been doing all along, there's really not even any reason to regard it as anything at all but a wholly straightforward example of the form, with snappier, smarter writing and considerably better acting than most other slashers.
Then again, the title is April Fool's Day, which might have been all the tell that an especially sophisticated viewer would have needed.
And, going back and looking at it with the eye of a seasoned viewer, there are some things that seem off. The very first shot is a first-person interview shot on video, an off-kilter opening gambit that already has introduced a touch of unpredictability and confusion into the first scene; "confusion", because as it turns out, the girl being interviewed is lying and playing up to the camera anyway.Read more ›
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Surprises at every turn. Red herrings abound. But what April Fool's Day really delivers is a wink & a nod to the horror subgenre of the slasher film.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of the most underrated "horror" films of all time. Everyone complains about the twist ending of this film, but it is one of the most fun horror movies I've ever... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I missed April Fool's Day back in the day but watched it recently and I have to admit about halfway through I was really struggling. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adamo
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