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April Fool's Day (1986)

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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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Childish pranks turn into a bloody battle for survival! See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

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27 March 1986 (USA)  »

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Week-end de terreur  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,947,763 (USA)
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Another horror movie utilized the same title around twenty-two years later with 2008's April Fool's Day (2008). This unrelated picture was not a remake but was also a slasher movie and unlike this 1986 film which underplayed the gore off-screen, the 2008 film was more in the tradition of the usual gory slasher pic that this film evoked and spoofed. See more »

Goofs

When Muffy's opening her gift in her bedroom, her grip on the champagne bottle changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Kit Graham: And don't anyone say 'April Fools' again or I'll rip them apart!
Skip St. JohnArch Cummings: Cough-cough-April Fools!-cough-cough
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Remade as April Fool's Day (2008) See more »

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Mama Told Me (Not To Come)
Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman
Performed by Three Dog Night
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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20 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I first saw the front cover of April Fool's Day, I thought at the time it was awesome and I still love it It's clever, it's witty and it still works just as well today as it did back then. Just look at the DVD-art.

April Fool's Day is of course another 80's Slasher, but with something different, which of course I mean the ending, which everyone will already probably know by now, when I first saw it I thought what a cheat I was really disappointed, but now I think differently, the ending is something different and quite original even by todays standards, and was copied in the awful 2005 horror flick "Cry Wolf".

The gore factor is also a letdown as all deaths are off-screen but this movie was still entertaining. While this movie didn't contain much gore, it had some unforgettable moments of suspense and it was obviously a F13th rip-off but a pretty decent one at that and characters. Even though they're all stereotypical, I think that they were surprisingly sympathetic and it really did feel as if they were all friends which is an unusual thing to find in slasher flicks. It was a theatrical movie it had good production values as well. My fave character has to be, well I can't remember her name in this movie but "Amy Steel" a brilliant addition to the cast, a great heroine I loved her in "Friday The 13th part 2" and I also love her in this, it's such a shame that she never became a big star, but she will always be remembered as a terrific actress in my heart, she was always my fave lead heroine of all of the Jason movies, and yet again she plays the female lead in this which I was very happy with and again she was great.

And finally the big reveal the ending which I thought was a major letdown, but at least they did something fun with it that no one expected.

All in all "April Fool's Day" is a mediocre but entertaining slasher flick, starring the ever likable and wonderful Amy Steel.


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