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April Fool's Day (Bilingual)

Deborah Foreman , Griffin O'Neal , Fred Walton    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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What looks like a standard 1980s holiday-themed slasher movie turns out to be a much more witty venture. A group of college students head out for a weekend of relaxation and April Fools' pranks at an isolated island cottage, catching the very last ferry until Monday morning. A practical joke goes awry, hostess Muffy starts tromping around in frumpy clothes and acting like she's not quite herself, and the bodies start piling up. Don't you just hate it when you're on a completely remote island and the phone goes out? All of this is done, though, with a fairly low gore content and a sly wink at the usual slasher conventions--rather than whodunit, the trick is to figure out what's in good fun and what's real bloodletting. It ain't Citizen Kane, but it's not a bad evening's enjoyment either. --Ali Davis

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Week-end de terreur (April Fool's Day) est un film américain réalisé par Fred Walton et sorti en 1986.Un groupe d'amis d'école, Harvey, Nikki, Rob, Skip, Nan, Kit et Arch, se retrouvent pour fêter la semaine de relâche en passant le week-end précédant le 1er avril dans un manoir que possède leur riche amie Muffy St John sur une île privée. L'ambiance est installée dès la première scène montrant Muffy en train de préparer les festivités et découvrant un vieux diable en boîte qui lui rappelle (en flashback) des souvenirs d'enfance, le jour où elle l'avait reçu comme cadeau d'anniversaire. Pendant ce temps, ses amis s'amusent sur le quai puis à bord du ferry qui les emmène sur l'île. Mais durant la traversée, Buck, un matelot du coin, est gravement blessé et défiguré. Une fois sur l'île, chacun prend possession de sa chambre dans le manoir. Muffy leur a préparé quelques farces, certaines inoffensives (un coussin péteur, des verres baveurs), d'autres plus perturbantes (une cassette audio avec des bruits de bébé, un attirail de junkie dans une armoire à pharmacie, des coupures de presse inquiétantes ...) Chacun garde son calme et tente de s'amuser, jusqu'à ce que Skip ne disparaisse.

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Format:DVD
i don't know if its my specific paramount dvd version or if its all of paramount dvd versions??? i have read plenty of reviews on this page & not one person has mentioned the BAD audio & that confuses me!! i mean how can nobody else notice it????? its almost as bad as the anchor bay dvd version of MARIO BAVA'S "twitch of the death nerve"(aka"bay of blood") i am so T'D OFF right now!!!! i just got done watching it & i can't believe how hard it was to sit through it !! at regular volume you get this constant buzz & the sound keeps moving up & down i had to keep turning it up but the higher i went the louder the buzz, pretty much to the point where the buzz over powers the sound!!! this SUCKS because I LOVE THIS CLASSIC & i was so exited when i found it on dvd!!!! 5 stars for this great classic slasher flick!!! but 1 star for the HORRID CRUDDDDDDDDDY audio/sound on my dvd version!?!?!?!? p.s. to any of my fellow horror fans out there if there is anyway you can respond to this PLEASE let me know if its just my version!!! im keeping my fingers crossed that it is because then i can just go find another one!!! later on fellow horror fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars April Fool's Day (1986) May 25 2004
Format:DVD
A suprise delight of a horror/mystery film, "April Fool's Day" is an enjoyable slasher romp that has some suspenseful scenes and a good cast. Muffy St. John (played by Deborah Foreman) invites a large group of college students to her mansion for a weekend party. Many of the students are surprised and suspicious about the invitation, for they do not like Muffy and do not understand such a selfless deed. Fun and games (which mainly consists of reading poetry and playing practical jokes) turns to terror when a killer prowls the mansion and starts knocking off the teens one by one.
Director Fred Walton uses a funny, yet haunting script to create a slasher film with a twist. Nothing too special, for it stills holds very true with the genre, "April Fool's Day" will greatly satisfy fans of a film that combines humor and violence, while others purely dedicated to the slice-and-dice theme might be turned off. All in all, this is a film for those who enjoy horror sprinkled with laughs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch it. You Know You've Been Wanting To May 8 2004
Format:DVD
I'm willing to bet you've put this film off for years. I'm sure you've seen it at the video store numerous times throughout the years, and you may have been intrigued by the cover with the chick holding the knife behind her back with her hair in a noose. Well, it may not be worth all those years of putting it off, but you'd might as well take that plunge now that the film is out on dvd. Ya know, this movie is actually pretty good considering it's a slasher flick. Slasher flicks aren't exactly the mark of quality, but this one has some decent performances and a good script that actually conjures up a few scares. Don't get me wrong, this movie isn't gonna keep you up all night or anything, but with a formulatic genre like this, April Fool's Day manages to be kinda spooky. And it's actually funny too! Alot of slasher flicks can't quite pull off the humor thing, but this movie actually manages to be laugh out loud funny. The humor and scares can be put down to some very good performances by the young cast. Most slasher flicks have acting that leaves much to be desired, but I'd have to say this movie has the best acting of any slasher flick I've seen(and I've seen many). The ending of this film gets mixed opinions. Some people see it as a letdown, while others find it quite original. I'm in the latter category, but it's one of those endings that's only gonna work once. Similar to Primal Fear or The Sixth Sense, the twist is good for the first viewing only, but that doesn't mean you won't enjoy watching it again. Just make sure you watch it with someone who hasn't seen it before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wish there were extras... March 24 2004
Format:DVD
"April Fool's Day" is yet another one of those holiday themed slasher films that emerged in the wake of the "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" successes. You know all about them if you follow the genre in any substantive way--movies with names like "Mother's Day," "Graduation Day," "My Bloody Valentine," and "Silent Night, Deadly Night." O.K., the last two don't specifically refer to dates, but it doesn't take a genius to infer that the two films play on Valentine's Day and Christmas. The slasher genre never died out thanks in large part to the billion plus sequels in the "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" franchises, but their poorer cousins did fade into obscurity until DVD resurrected them. All I can say about that is thank goodness! I'm the first to admit that some of these films fail to rise above mediocrity, but several of them are quite good. "April Fool's Day" definitely falls into the latter category. The film doesn't contain a lot of gore we stalk and slash lovers have come to know and love, but the central plot of the film and its amazing twist ending makes the movie well worth watching. There is no other way to say it--"April Fool's Day" is actually a spoof of the entire slasher phenomena, and it spoofs the genre years before "Scream" appeared on the scene.
What makes "April Fool's Day" so different from the other slasher films? You won't notice anything amiss for most of the film. The plot is quite basic: a gang of college students accepts an invitation from a rich classmate to spend a few days at her opulent house on a remote island. The girl inviting all of her friends, Muffy Saint John (great name, eh?), is a bit of an oddball.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie, Good transfer.
I've always thought that this film was a hidden gem of the 80's horror movie genre. Great cast, beautiful scenery, and fun script, this movie is a tight, fun romp. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Crispin Haskins
4.0 out of 5 stars cheesy 80's fun horror movie
FROM THE PRODUCER OF FRIDAY THE 13TH 1-5 COMES THIS PRETTY GOOD ENTRY TO 80'S HORROR FILMS. THEY SURE DON'T MAKE MOVIES AS SCARY AS THEY USED TO. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST 80's Horror - Cult Classic!
I've seen this movie so many times - it has that classic cheezy 80s feel & a great twist - perfect for get-togethers with friends. It's Scary, Sexy, and FUN! Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by M Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars April Fool's Day
April Fool's Day [ Horror ]
MY CURRENT RATINGS:
7/10 Movie: April Fool's Day (1986)

An above average horror movie. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film.
What can I say? It's not the best film ever made, but it is a lot of fun. It starts out as your basic slasher film; good looking young people on an isolated island get killed one... Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by pc6
1.0 out of 5 stars DOES NOT FEATURE CAROLINE MUNRO
For anybody considering purchasing this DVD because it allegedly features Caroline Munro - be advised - it does not !!! Read more
Published on April 19 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Cut Above Many '80s Slasher Flicks. No Foolin'!
Another teen horror film whose creators hoped to garner a few drops from the lucrative post-HALLOWEEN slasher-flick fount of the 1980s, APRIL FOOL'S DAY is surprisingly a cut above... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004 by Michael R Gates
4.0 out of 5 stars A great who-dunnit movie!
APRIL FOOL'S DAY starts off like many great slashers: gore, creepyness and the promise of some sexy bodies. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2003 by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST!!
This is one of the best horror films of all time. I remember going to watch this at the local theater when I was about 12 or so. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003 by Regina High
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