April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day

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Director: Fred Walton

Cast: Fred Walton, Jay Baker, Pat Barlow, Lloyd Berry

     
 

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April Fool's Day just happens to be the birthday of rich college student Buffy (Deborah Foreman), so she invites a group of friends from Vassar over to her family's island getaway to spend the weekend partying. Though some practical-joke shenanigans on the ferry over from the mainland lead to unexpected bloodshed and put a damper on

Overview

April Fool's Day just happens to be the birthday of rich college student Buffy (Deborah Foreman), so she invites a group of friends from Vassar over to her family's island getaway to spend the weekend partying. Though some practical-joke shenanigans on the ferry over from the mainland lead to unexpected bloodshed and put a damper on the festivities, Buffy unleashes a flood of more benign pranks on her guests, setting a tone of giddy abandon. With plenty of randy guys and gals on hand and no parental supervision, it isn't long before drunken escapades ensue. As the weekend progresses, however, guests begin to disappear mysteriously, and before long Buffy and friends find themselves huddling in terror in their remote getaway. The next ferry isn't due until Monday, and the partygoers aren't sure whether any of them will make it that long. The mostly Canadian cast of April Fool's Day includes Leah King Pinsent, daughter of actor/director Gordon Pinsent, and Amy Steel, a veteran of the second and fourth Friday the 13th installments.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Amid the glut of gory horror films that clogged the cable schedules and cineplexes in the wake of Halloween and Friday the 13th, April Fool's Day stands out as a fairly restrained exercise in the '80s teen-slasher genre. Low on gore and high on suspense, it uses the boy-who-cried-wolf scenario inherent in its premise to keep the audience guessing as to where the practical jokes end and the body count begins. With her Sheryl Lee-like features and facial expressions, Deborah Foreman makes an appealingly off-balance scream queen, while the rest of the young cast puts a nicely personal stamp on what could have been a collection of college-age stereotypes. It helps that Hollywood vet Danilo Bach (Beverly Hills Cop) laces the script's sexual hijinks with actual character development and a few decent plot twists. Some creepy music and a few freaky set pieces add a visceral edge to a workmanlike film that spends more time playing mind games than it does spilling blood. When all is said and done, though, April Fool's Day has more roller-coaster thrills than most slasher flicks with five times the gore.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883929312054
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Baker Harvey
Pat Barlow Clara
Lloyd Berry Ferryman
Deborah Foreman Muffy/Buffy
Deborah Goodrich Nikki
Leah King Pinsent Nan
Thomas Heaton Potter/Uncle Frank
Mike Nomad Buck
Ken Olandt Rob
Griffin O'Neal Skip
Clayton Rohner Chaz
Amy Steel Kit
Thomas F. Wilson Arch
Pamela Basker Actor
Fern Champion Actor

Technical Credits
Fred Walton Director
Danilo Bach Screenwriter
Pamela Basker Casting
Martin Becker Special Effects
Charles Bernstein Score Composer,Songwriter
W. Stewart Campbell Art Director
Fern Champion Casting
Randolph F. Cheveldave Production Designer
Reel EFX Special Effects
Jim Gill Special Effects
Bruce Green Editor
Della Johnston Set Decoration/Design
Bettie Kauffmann Special Effects
Frank Mancuso Producer
Charles Minsky Cinematographer
Randy Newman Songwriter
Christopher Swift Special Effects
John Wardlow Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- April Fool's Day
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15

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April Fool's Day 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
being a horror fan its good to see different kinds of horror with an open mind. and i remember when i was younger i always see this on the shelves at blockbuster but never got a chance to see it for some reason. years later i find this at the library and finally got a chance to see it. i have to say this was quite creative and suspenseful. the pranks were unique and funny like the light off then another gets turned on and that weird black mask thing. basically the story takes place as the title of the film suggests with a group of friends staying at a mansion that belongs to a friend. the ending was something and reminded me in a way of clue and gosford park.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"April Fool's Day" is absolutely awesome, it has gore, suspense, and fear all jumbled together. It is about a college student, Muffy(Deborah Foreman), who decides to have an April Fool's Day party at her secluded house. She invites a whole bunch of her friends including: Amy Steel(Friday the 13th 2), Ken Olandt(Leprechaun), and Clayton Rohner(Just One of the Guys), and sets them all up with pranks. But as the weekend slips by, Muffy's friends start disappearing, one by one. Now, the joke's over, and the real party has begun....