April Fool's Day

1986

April Fool's Day

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Any slasher movie with a title like April Fool's Day would have to be a spoof, and this one fits that niche perfectly. Eight college chums are invited to a weekend April Fool's party held by their mutual friend Deborah Foreman. En route, the eight friends are victimized by a practical joker, leading them to expect more of the same at the party. But things take a grisly turn when "fun and games" segues into murder. At least, that's what seems to happen. While it's refreshing to see the "Ten Little Indians" routine being played out with squirting flowers and whoopee cushions rather than knives and arsenic, April Fool's Day makes its point far too early in the proceedings, then has no place to go. Kudos, however, for the spiritied Canadian cast, including Leah King Pinsent, daughter of veteran actor/director Gordon Pinsent.

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Critic Reviews for April Fool's Day

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Audience Reviews for April Fool's Day

  • Apr 01, 2015
    This film has been, at least partially, lauded for being innovative and alternative in comparison to the slasher genre schlock that permeated the eighties. Because it involves twists, dark humor, and a plot that revolves around a mystery, critics have claimed that it's not as mindless as others in this sub-genre. This is where I disagree, as I believe its subtleties and macabre humor make it that much more boring and safe. The deaths never happen onscreen, there's very little gore, the prosthetics look utterly fake, and the mystery isn't good enough to warrant an entire film. This is the most uncreative, run of the mill horror film that I have ever seen, looking less horrific with every minute it devotes onscreen. If you're really clamoring for a holiday themed horror film I suggest you look elsewhere.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2015
    This is a surprisingly tame slasher movie. Particularly for that era, where slashers where trying to outdo the other in terms of violence and gore. So this film's, somewhat, tame gore was a bit of a surprise. Whether that's good or bad is determined by your own viewpoint. I think that the film being as old as it is, it's almost THIRTY years old, means that it most likely feels a little outdated in terms of the story it presents and the more self-referential moments like a Scream or even a Cabin in the Woods. Because of the fact that those two films exist and, in my opinion, they do a better job at being subversive, whereas this was a little more basic, it's a little simpler. Hell, you could say that the movie's title completely spoils the twist in the film. I can imagine this being viewed as clever at the time but, of course, now, at least 80% of these movies have some kind of twist. Seeing as people have been conditioned to expect twists, if you didn't watch this film when it first came out in 1986, it might not seem like something that special or impressive to you. Again, it doesn't stand up to movies that've tried to subvert horror tropes like Cabin, which is the best at this, and the Scream franchise. Not to mention that Cabin, and maybe the first two Scream films, do it far more effectively than this ever did. That's not to say I didn't like this movie, I think 80s horror movies, in general, have a certain kind of campy charm that makes it fun to watch even if you didn't find it to be that great of a movie to begin with. And I think this one went out of its way to be campy, so in all honest, in spite of all my complaints about the twist being spoiled or the movie just coming across as incredibly tame in comparison to other slashers, I still had a decent enough time watching this. It's a competently made movie, the acting is off sometimes, but it's not horrifically awful. Even if I was not a big fan of the twist itself, since it cheapens everything you've seen and makes it come across as unimportant, that, at the very least, there was some effort put into it. It wasn't a twist for the sake of one. Of course, a plan this convoluted, considering all the variables involved, needs to go exactly according to plan. It's a little too perfectly executed, but it is what it is and I can't change that. Very flawed horror movie, but one that's decent at the very least and it won't make you want to pull your hair out. I'd recommend Dead Snow 2 instead, but this isn't a complete waste of time.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2011
    April Fool's Day is a fairly decent Slasher film. The concept of the film is of course set around the day itself. I liked the idea of this film, but like with every other Slasher film, April Fool's Day copies the trend of many films that came before it. April Fool's is a fairly interesting idea that unfortunately due to its predictability doesn't really stand out among other slasher. In fact, I'd say that this is one of the weaker slasher films. The film could have been a good Slasher, but it doesn't really do anything with the ideas presented on screen. April Fool's Day is a fairly forgettable Slasher film, and it may actually frustrate die hard fans of the genre. I know when I watched this, I certainly was. The ending really disappointed me, and it really was a shame because everything about this film was good, right up until the end. April Fool's Day is a so-so horror film that once you know what really is going, has nothing really that good to offer. April Fool's Day is for me, anyway, a missed opportunity to really deliver something great. Even though the film manages to be different, it's nothing special. Die hard fans of the Slasher genre may be disappointed with this one, so keep your expectations low. There are a few good moments to be had with this film, but as a whole, it's never anything spectacular.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    This movie is so bad, it's awesome! I loved this silly horror movie taking place around April Fool's Day! It has some great horror scenes, the actors are cheesy, and the story has a lot of twists.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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