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on 2 April 2017
Fun movie from 1986, combing slasher elements with a whodunit plot. It's pretty low on gore, so won't appeal to all horror fans, but has a few good jump scenes & plenty of tense moments. The characters are likeable, acting is good & set on an attractive (Canadian) location. Widescreen picture is of very good quality.
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on 12 July 2014
Excellent pleasure doing business!!!
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on 21 October 2009
Muffy St John is a real queen amongst practical jokers. She invites nine college friends to an April's Fool party at her island home, and plants jokes and boobytraps in every room to catch her guests out. However things take an unseen, sinister turn, when the guests start to dissapear, and the friends start to turn on one another. Is there somebody else on the island with a grudge against the partgoers?
This a great 80's comedy slasher film, with an excellent young cast, and a great twist at the end. Whilst I am a big fan of modern 21st century horror, sometimes I feel that filmakers have lost that sense of fun that you used to find in 1980's horrors. Well this is full of great laughs, scares, gleefully piling on the red herrings to confuse the audience, and offering something a bit different to the routine slashers of that period.
A perfect Halloween film, to be served as a first course before the ghoulish dish of the day. 4 out of 5
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on 29 May 2011
i ended up getting this after looking for graveyard shift and noticed this 3 disk set featuring tales from the darkside and april fools day and as a fan of the first two mentioned and having a multi region player i decided to spend the extra and got this set. graveyard shift is the best one here 8/10 from the days when nearly everything by stephen king was made into a movie and tales from the darkside is a nice little horror trilogy in itself featuring a couple of very famous faces i.e christian slater and steve buscemi who's 3 story's are 7/10 for the first 2 and 8/10 for the last and then there's april fools day which seems to be popular but personally 6/10 worth a watch for me. a nice collection for a horror fan that will have you watching at least two of them over again. would have said three and a half stars cos of the price but went for four cos there is more good than bad here.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 17 August 2016
Ah, where to begin with ‘April Fools Day’ – undoubtedly one of the silliest ‘slasher’ films ever made (and that’s saying something!). The usual bunch of overly s*xed and obnoxious teenagers go on Spring Break to one of their houses, conveniently situated on an island – naturally with no escape (and, back in the eighties, they never had to make excuses for ‘lack of cell phone coverage!’). Once there – surprise surprise – they start getting picked off one by one.

Now, unlike other slasher films at the time, the killer is never seen (until the ‘big reveal’ at the end, obviously), making it like an early ‘Scream’ film and part ‘who-done-it’ as well as simple teen-chopping fun.

If you’re into your early slasher films then this one is worth a watch. There aren’t any stars to speak of (are there ever?) unless you count an appearance from ‘Biff’ from the ‘Back to the Future’ films. Plus the death scenes aren’t that well done (a bit of decent gore make-up here and there, but the obvious lack of budget does show sometimes). However, just because it isn’t that gory (or well acted!) doesn’t mean it’s not fun.

It kind of knows what it is (and what it’s not – i.e. High-brow) and plays to its strengths. Without going into anything that may spoil it, it’s actually quite clever here and there with a few things that you might not see coming.

Naturally, it has all the flaws of the genre, such as the nice girl surviving longest and anyone who has s*x dies first, but if you’re generally a fan of slasher films you’ve long since learned to forgive such traits and should be able to enjoy it for what it is – good, reasonably gory silly fun.
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on 10 September 2012
I remember seeing this at the cinema in 1986 and so was keen to see how it held up today.
I was pleasantly surprised that I thought it was a lot of fun.
This film came out towards the end of the 'slasher' film cycle and unlike many of it's predecessors this film is distinctly un-nasty.
Lots of red herrings populate the film to keep you guessing this is quite an entertaining flick.
It was re-made in 2008 as a direct to DVD film and the remake is not worth watching.
Recommended.
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on 12 January 2014
April Fools Day has been written with more care than the average slasher. While many of the era were just out to cash in on hormonal audiences wanting to see some sex and blood, this pays a lot of attention to the plot, and to building effective chills.
Despite the age, the image and feel of it hasn't aged badly, and only a scattering of fashions remind you of the period. The cast appear typical at first, but show themselves to be a little better than expected at several stages, and the people I expected to be the heroes of the piece turned out to be side characters.
The finale was also clever, and better than expected.
The humour is a touch hit and miss but adds a nice lightness of touch in places that helps the threat feel more real when it kicks in.
The film has a slight self-awareness because of the April Fool gags littering it that makes it feel almost like part of the recent wave of 'Cabin in the Woods' 'meta'-movies, and so it makes for better than expected viewing for 80's horror fans and 'New movie' fans alike.
A classic that has aged well.
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on 21 September 2015
Popular girl invites some of her friends to her lake retreat home for some fun. But one by one they are getting despatched, or is just an April Fools? Movie mostly works because the screenplay for what is essentially a slasher movie is well above average.

Director Fred Walton went on to make countless whodunnit mystery thrillers and was the director for the pilot episode of the 1980s version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Characters as in so many of these 80s movies are likeable and Friday the 13th fans will recognize Amy Steel who played the hero Ginny in Part 2. But stealing the show is Thomas F Wilson, who went to playing Biff in Back to the Future to this movie. Wilson comes over like he's having a ball playing his character and has plenty of comedic moments, a career he would undertake alongside being an actor.

Aside from all that April Fools Day chugs along though the second half of the movie feels like filler time, a fun movie that can be watched by teenagers before venturing into the real deal.
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on 18 October 2004
Finally this fantastic 80's horror movie is available on DVD. I've spent last 10 years searching for any copy of this movie, in videostores, video rental shops.. you name it.. just all over without any luck. I'm a huge horror fan, but somehow this movie stands on top of the pile. Great twist, good actors (well at that time) and it will make you startled more then once!
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on 7 March 2015
This is the R1, R rated version, it's widescreen
and has black bars that aren't that intrusive.
The picture quality is nice enough & it runs 1hr 28min 56 secs.
I think it might be cut?, but i'm unsure about this.
The film itself is excellent, smart & funny & really well
acted, it's not wall to wall gore (mores the pity) but it
creeps about nicely. It also has one of the best
dvd slip covers (noose hair) of all time. I think the
people who made Harpers Island (think that's the name)
got some inspiration from this classic.
It's 1986 and sleeveless jumpers are the order of the day,
smart casual of course.
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