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  One of the staples of '70s and '80s slasher flicks is the use of the calendar for easy source material. While most slashers from the '80s using date-based themes were attempting to capitalize on the success of John Carpenter's Halloween (which was blandly titled The Babysitter Murders before the filmmakers wisely turned their attention to our favorite holiday), the tradition dates back even further, to Bob Clark's 1974 chiller Black Christmas. By the mid-'80s, the “holiday horror” formula was mostly played out – not just because the genre was losing steam, but also because there weren't very many horror-friendly dates left on the calendar. But by 1986, there was one day left that still held potential for a body-count whodunit – one traditionally set aside for pranks and other malicious mischief.     Shot in Canada, with Friday the 13th franchise heavyweight Frank Mancuso Jr. producing, April Fool's Day »


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