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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.

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Due to the film being light on violence it received frequent airings on late night television, where it gained a large cult following. 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 »

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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 Medine
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20 March 2009 | by acidburn-10See 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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