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April Fool's Day (1986)

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.

Director:

Fred Walton

Writer:

Danilo Bach
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jay Baker ... Harvey
Pat Barlow Pat Barlow ... Clara
Lloyd Berry ... Ferryman
Deborah Foreman ... Muffy / Buffy
Deborah Goodrich ... Nikki
Tom Heaton ... Constable Potter / Uncle Frank
Leah Pinsent ... Nan (as Leah King Pinsent)
Mike Nomad Mike Nomad ... Buck
Ken Olandt ... Rob
Griffin O'Neal ... Skip
Clayton Rohner ... Chaz
Amy Steel ... Kit
Thomas F. Wilson ... Arch
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Storyline

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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Guess who's going to be the life of the party! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El día de los inocentes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,373,779, 30 March 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,947,763
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A novelization written by Jeff Rovin was published by Pocket Books in 1986. Rovin embellished in a few instances (Muffy's maid was black, Rob cheated on Kit, etc.) but generally it's very faithful to both the movie and Danilo Bach's screenplay. The book was the first big tip-off for fans that the entire third act of the film had been removed; subsequently photos from the lengthy deleted sequence surfaced on back covers of various home video editions. See more »

Goofs

When Rob and Kit rush out of the boathouse to find Skip, Rob's wet hair turns dry. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nikki: My name is Mary O'Reilly O'Toole O'Shea. Somewhere out there is the island my friend Muffy owns. It's spring break and she's invited us over there for the weekend and we're waiting for the ferry now to take us there, and... I don't know what else to say.
Chaz: [voice] Why don't you tell us something about yourself?
Nikki: Oh, all right, something about myself. Um, I wanna work with handicapped children, and my parents are my best friends. Oh, and I start convent school next semester... and I ...
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Alternate Versions

The Swedish version, released on video in 1987, omits all violent scenes to a point of absurdity making characters disapear from the story with no logical explanation. See more »

Connections

References On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The underdog of 80s slasher films
24 August 2000 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

APRIL FOOL'S DAY has just recently gotten a sort of cult status among horror film fans. Casual horror viewers or those who are diehard gore hounds haven't been kind to this film, but it is quite possibly the most intelligent, best-acted, and coolest of all the 80s slasher films.

A group of college friends venture to the island home of one of their classmates for the weekend and wind up being killed by an unknown assailant, believed to be the victim of a cruel practical joke played by one of the students. Amy Steel (my fave from FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2) is Kit, the "last girl", and Ken Olandt is her boyfriend Rob. They are both very good and are believable, likable characters that the audience can root for. Other notable performances include Griffin O'Neal (son of Ryan), Thomas F. Wilson (Biff from BACK TO THE FUTURE), Deborah Foreman, who is very good in dual roles, Leah Pinsent (the classic good girl), Deborah Goodrich (too cool as the slut), and Clayton Rohner (the typical horny guy). I can't think of a bad thing to say about this movie except that some viewers will feel cheated by the two surprise endings, like I did at first. But appreciate the fact that they are totally unexpected and work better than any other ending thought up for the film.

APRIL FOOL'S DAY is strongly recommended to serious horror film fans and even casual viewers. Not very gory, but that's a plus in this case. Notice the similarities to Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians", of which this is sort of a modern updating. A whole lots of fun and the best damn slasher film of the 80s.


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