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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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Taglines:

Childish pranks turn into a bloody battle for survival! 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:

Week-end de terreur 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

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

Constable Potter is seen calling the house from the hospital Why was he at the hospital, given he was in on the prank from the start? He knew Buck was not really injured and had never been taken to the hospital. 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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Connections

References Ten Little Indians (1965) 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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A trite experience
13 May 2003 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

I saw APRIL FOOL'S DAY when it was released during the slasher craze of the 1980s and I was disappointed by this almost pointless cinematic experience. It's not funny enough to be considered a comedy. It's not gory or horrifying enough to be considered a horror movie (those who saw the movie know what I mean). The characters are flat and boring and a film like this needed fun, real characters in order for the whole surprise ending thingy to have been perceived as being worthwhile. Instead, the characters are just stock characters seen in every whodunit or slasher flick. Only Amy Steel, from FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2, is worth mentioning.

When the surprise ending happens (being familiar with horror films and I can figure out what will happen according to what they show and don't show, the surprise ending wasn't really surprising to me), I felt like I wasted my time on this gimmicky flick.

A letdown. APRIL FOOL'S DAY indeed.


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