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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:

April Foooool's... 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

The interior of the well scene was shot in tank on an L.A. soundstage at the end of production. The water was dyed to look murky and crew members discarded their cigarettes right into the tank. Deborah Goodrich (Nikki) spent so much time submerged in the nasty water that she left the set with a ear infection. See more »

Goofs

When Buffy is standing on the dining room table, one shot reveals a camera shadow on the back of her shirt. 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

Also sprach Zarathustra
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Strauss
Portion hummed by Thomas F. Wilson
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You'd be a fool to miss this one
2 April 2018 | by Stevieboy666See all my reviews

I love horror movies - in particular slashers - that are holiday or calender related, so April the 1st is the perfect day/evening for sitting down and enjoying this one. Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians is very much evident regarding the plot here, which is no bad thing. In fact you could call her story the template for what was to become the slasher/body count movie. Those wanting a gory & nasty affair will be disappointed, this is very much a fun movie (though I would stop short of calling it a comedy) where most of the kills appear off screen, though there are plenty of mutilated corpses so it's certainly not gore-less. Filmed in Canada but with a mainly American cast it has some good characters and is well acted. Plus it has that wonderful and nostalgic 80's slashers look/feel about it, my favourite decade for the sub-genre. No spoiler here but it is called April Fools Day for good reason - watch it and enjoy.


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