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April Fool's Day -- When Muffy St. John invited her college friends up to her parents' secluded island home for the time of their lives, she just forgot to tell them it might be the last time of their lives. As soon as the kids arrive on the island, someone starts trimming the guest murder at a time.


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Release Date:
28 March 1986 (USA) See more »
Last one out's... a goner. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Fred Walton 
Writing credits
Danilo Bach (written by)

Produced by
Frank Mancuso Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Charles Minsky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bruce Green 
Casting by
Pamela Basker 
Fern Champion 
Art Direction by
W. Stewart Campbell  (as Stewart Campbell)
Set Decoration by
Della Mae Johnston  (as Della Johnston)
Makeup Department
Martin Becker .... makeup effects: Reel EFX, Inc.
Deborah Anne Dawson .... hair stylist
Victoria Down .... assistant makeup artist
Jim Gill .... makeup effects: Reel EFX, Inc.
Bettie Kauffman .... makeup effects: Reel EFX, Inc. (as Bettie Kaufman)
Todd McIntosh .... head makeup artist
Beverly K. Sewers .... assistant hair stylist
Christopher Swift .... makeup effects: Reel EFX, Inc.
Production Management
Randy Cheveldave .... production manager (as Randolph F. Cheveldave)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Reid A. Dunlop .... third assistant director (as Reid Dunlop)
Lee Knippelberg .... first assistant director
David Rollin Webb .... second assistant director (as David Webb)
Geoff Wilkinson .... third assistant director
Art Department
Gary Brolly .... construction coordinator (as Garry Brolly)
Roger Dole .... assistant set decorator
Bill Flanagan .... stand-by carpenter
D.N. Pettipas .... set dresser (as Dianne Pettipas)
Hugh Poole .... scenic artist
Dave Rowan .... set dresser
David Tait .... carpenter
Sonny Van Hecke .... assistant property master
Robert J. Visciglia Sr. .... property master (as Robert Visciglia Sr.)
Barbara Anne Bock .... art crew (uncredited)
Scott H. Campbell .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathan D. Evans .... sound engineer
Kim Fowler .... foley (as Kim Fowler Esser)
Herb Heritage .... boom operator
F. Hudson Miller .... sound effects
R.J. Palmer .... supervising sound editor
David Parker .... second sound re-recording mixer
John Post .... foley
Steve Rice .... dialogue editor
Peter Shewchuk .... sound mixer
Stan Siegel .... foley
Kelly Tartan .... sound coordinator
David Lewis Yewdall .... sound designer
Steve Rice .... adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Martin Becker .... special effects: Reel EFX, Inc.
Jim Gill .... special effects: Reel EFX, Inc.
Bettie Kauffman .... special effects: Reel EFX, Inc. (as Bettie Kaufman)
Christopher Swift .... special effects: Reel EFX, Inc.
Barbara Anne Bock .... special effects (uncredited)
Lou Bollo .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Louis Bollo)
Jim Dunn .... stunt man
John Wardlow .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Barritt .... company electrician (as Dave Barritt)
Bruno Bittner .... electrical best boy (as Robert Bittner)
Cranston Gobbo .... company electrician (as Cranston Gobo)
Dan Heather .... second assistant camera
Robert K. Hill .... company grip (as Robert Kenneth Hill)
Chris Kankainen .... dolly grip
Cameron MacDonald .... camera operator (as Cam Macdonald)
Scott MacDonald .... best boy grip
Neil McCauley .... gaffer
Jack Rowand .... still photographer
Bruce Smith .... key grip
Peter Smith .... first assistant camera
Anthony Smoller .... company grip
David S. Warner .... company electrician (as Dave Warner)
Casting Department
Mark Holub .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Mary Jo Slater .... casting: New York
Sue Swan .... casting coordinator
Susan Willett .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Gleason .... dresser
Grace Keating .... wardrobe assistant
Lio Kellar .... wardrobe head (as Lid Kellas)
Maria Mancuso .... wardrobe consultant
Rose Mihalyi .... wardrobe assistant (as Rose Mihayli)
Editorial Department
Bruce Giesbrecht .... assistant editor: production
Karen Schwartz .... apprentice editor
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Michael Smith .... assistant editor: production
Jonas Thaler .... assistant editor
Music Department
Charles Bernstein .... orchestrator
Julie Giroux .... orchestrator (as Julie Giroux-West)
John La Salandra .... music editor (as John Lasalandra)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Transportation Department
Chris Baldwinson .... driver
Dave Bowe .... transportation captain (as David Bowe)
Don Cameron .... driver
Barry Chapman .... transportation coordinator
Mark Gould .... driver
Darold Hadley .... driver (as Darold A. Hadley)
Tony Johnson .... driver (as Tony Johnston)
Terry Newton .... transportation co-captain
James Perenseff .... driver (as Jim Perenseff)
Michael Price .... driver
Other crew
Blue Angus .... caterer: Location Caterers (as Mark Angus)
Victoria Barney .... production coordinator
Dan Curry .... title designer
Lara Fox .... script supervisor
Ron Gadoury .... security (as Ron Gadourly)
Stephen A. Gallard .... stand-in
Michael Goldberg .... assistant accountant
Gordon Hardwick .... production assistant (as Gordon Hardwicke)
Jan James .... stand-in
Tony Jordan .... production assistant
Don Lane .... caterer: Location Caterers
Laurie Lee .... assistant: Mr. Mancuso
Lauren 'Fluff' Lindsay .... craft service (as Lauren Lindsay)
Padi Mills .... production secretary
Marilyn Natty .... stand-in
Victor Nicolle .... production assistant
Colleen Nystedt .... location liaison
Liz Staniforth .... payroll assistant (as Elizabeth Staniforth)
Constance Talley-Sherman .... production accountant
Margaret Hanly .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Reel Efx (make-up effects) (as Reel EFX, Inc.)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
89 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 (DVD) (2003) | Norway:15 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 (theatrical rating) (cut) | Norway:18 (video rating) (uncut) | Russia:16+ (video rating) | Singapore:M18 | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2002) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R (Certificate #28085) | West Germany:18 (cut)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The name of the literary work that Muffy St. John ( Deborah Foreman) quoted from was James Boswell's "Life of Samuel Johnson" (1791).See more »
Continuity: When Rob and Kit rush out of the boathouse to find Skip, Rob's wet hair turns dry.See more »
Kit Graham:Muffy hasn't been in an institution for three years, she's been at Vassar!See more »
Movie Connections:
Too Bad You're CrazySee more »


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April fool!! On you!!, 5 December 2012
Author: Rich Wright

If points were given for endings, this would be a solid 10/10 every time. Shame that the rest of the film is so pedestrian that it nulls all the good work, and the end result is nine not very interesting people talking bullsh*t for a hour and a half before being bumped off one by one. This is done with the minimum of suspense, and your satisfaction at their demise is tempered by the fact you never see the victims harmed in any way. As I said, the conclusion is clever in a way but built around a foundation which is patently lacking, so you just wish it was tagged on to a better movie. Oh well, better luck next time Mr Director sir...

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