April Fool's Day
Run Time: 90 minutes
Production Company: Paramount Home Video
Director: Fred Walton (When a Stranger Calls, The Rosary Murders)
Starring: Deborah Foreman, Thomas F. Wilson, Jay Baker
Hot Water: Burns Like Fire
T & A: Hell No
Muffy St. John invites a group of her college friends to her parents island for a weekend of sex, violence, and other all-American activities. Even before they arrive the kids are amusing themselves by playing April Fool's Day pranks on each other. Everything is all fun and games until some of the them turn up murdered(!), and now they have to discover who the murder is before they get killed themselves.
This is the movie you've seen on the wall of the video store ever since you had that Turles Music and Video on the corner. You've always thought about it, but you got Navy SEALs instead. Well, maybe you made the right decision after all. The movie had little blood, little sex, and non-existant death scenes... you didn't see anyone die, you only saw them afterwords. This device is quite necessary to the plot, and the surprise ending, but it made for shitty Bad Movie Fest material. There were a few funny pranks. Sophmoric humor mostly--falling out of chairs and the like, but that doesn't keep you going long enough to really enjoy this flick. It was a good idea, with a great plot twist at the end (which I won't give away in case you're man enough to sit through the film), but it was carried out in too Disney of a fashion to really suit our tastes. Bottom line: if you dig a tame horror movie than this is the one for you, however if you want sex, violence, and all things pure... see Mulan, you'll have a better chance of finding it there.
Our Rating System
Mr. Paul: "No sex, no gore... no more than two stars."
Z-man: "Personally, I like to see people fall out of chairs and hurt themselves... but this movie just took the whole 'prank' thing too far. The surprise ending made me want to shoot myself. Consider yourselves warned!"
Eagle Te: "Whoa damn, does this suck!!! The death scenes and whole atmosphere are reminiscent of an episode of Goosebumps instead of a good bad horror flick where unsuspecting teenagers die in a variety of harsh ways. Save your money on this one and check out a Nancy Drew book instead, it has the same effect!!"
El Santo: "You know, a movie like this makes a man wonder: 'DOES TITTY MATTER THAT MUCH?' The answer is: 'YES!!!' No titty- no fun in my book!"