April Fool's Day

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April Fool's Day Review


You might recognize Deborah Foreman's Muffy as the "six inch spike" girl from Real Genius, and you might remember Thomas F. Wilson's Arch as Biff from the Back to the Future series. And you might recognize April Fool's Day's hair and clothing styles as something you wore yourself 15 years ago. Talk about horror!

The archetypal family manor on an inaccessible island plays the setting for a group of college kids, invited by the mysterious Muffy to spend the weekend. But the April Fool's pranks begin before the kids ever make it to the island as one guy fakes being stabbed. Pretty soon chairs are collapsing, faucets are squirting, glasses are dribbling... and the body count is rising.

As corny as April Fool's Day is, it's also a guilty pleasure among horror films. Schlock full of twists, turns, and red herrings, this whodunit is an early influencer to Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and a whole host of imitators. The production values are middling and the acting is ham-fisted (at best), but it's a classic ride into one of the best examples of horror cheese going.

Or is it...?



April Fool's Day

Facts and Figures

Run time: 89 mins

In Theaters: Friday 28th March 1986

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 6.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Frank Mancuso Jr.

Starring: as Muffy / Buffy St. John, as Harvey 'Hal' Edison, Pat Barlow as Clara, Lloyd Berry as Ferryman, as Nikki Beshears, as Constable Potter / Uncle Frank, Mike Nomad as Buck, as Rob Ferris, Griffin O'Neal as Skip St. John, as Nan Youngblood, as Chaz Vyshinski, as Kit Graham, Thomas F. Wilson as Arch Cummings

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