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April Fool's Day (1986)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  28 March 1986 (USA)
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A group of nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's day weekend.

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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? The hostess, Muffy, is the only one who apparently knows what's going on. But then again, is it really her doing the killing? Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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28 March 1986 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,947,763 (USA)
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Actress Deborah Foreman utilized "Sheryl Lee-like features and facial expressions" according to Allmovie. See more »

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As Arch dangles from the tree, the heavy boot rakes the snake aside. The floor under the dirt/grass is visible and even moves. See more »

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Clara: Have a nice party.
Muffy: Nice? It's gotta be better than nice. It's gotta be bloody unforgettable.
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Too Bad You're Crazy
Music and Lyrics by Charles Bernstein
Performed by Jerry Whitman with Linda Harmon, Angie Jaree, Donna Davidson
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a disappointment which has good ideas but can't explore them well
9 January 2013 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

I already knew the ending before i saw the film. But believe me, that's nothing to do with it, because i was wondering how they would explain what happened. the explanations were too little and too stupid, because they just weren't serious. the movie wants to create an horror climate but at the same time wants to be a comedy - it's a shame you only realize that at the end, i could have much more fun watching it.

all the characters in the movie are quite shallow, there's almost no blood, the film can't build a good atmosphere, it just seems like the characters knew what the ending was all about. And then when it happens, the explanation is so dull and predictable, that lots of questions would come into your mind. You won't have good answers.

It is a different approach to the slasher genre yes, the Agatha Christie references were very nice to see, but it's just a movie who can't built fear and it's a mess of character development. Characters will stay entirely the same as they began.

I only recommend this if you already saw too much slashers and want to see why the ending was like that, but believe me, even with the surprise they could did so much better. I felt like someone said "i'm your friend" and then stole my wallet. just didn't work for me. go see classics like "black Christmas" or "halloween" instead for the 20th time. you'll have a better experience.


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