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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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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 »


Soundtracks

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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almost great
17 October 2003 | by Zod-2See all my reviews

This is one of those "almost" movies. April Fool's Day has a very likable cast, a good plot and wonderful setting what is doesn't have is a lot of suspense and scares.

It looks like a lot of time was put into this film to make it a classy horror picture. Perhaps that's the reason that none of the kills are very interesting, while there is some gore the death scenes themselves seem to have been edited out. Perhaps this was due to the print used on the DVD, maybe there's a better version...I don't know.

The ending itself may put off hardcore horror fans but I found it quite amusing and it helped to make the rest of the movie gel together and answers some questions/concerns I had about about the movies story.

Overall April Fool's Day is quite enjoyable. The young cast is a lot of fun to watch and a few notches above other 80's horror fare, the story is original and the local, a secluded beach house is quite nice. However, it could have been much, much creepier! With more suspense and good scares April Fool's Day could have rated higher. April Fool's Day rates a 6 out of 10.


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