|APRIL FOOL'S DAY (director: Fred Walton; screenwriter: Danilo Bach; cinematographer: Charles Minsky; editor: Bruce Green; music: Charles Bernstein; cast: Deborah Foreman (Buffy/Muffy St John), Leah King Pinsent (Nan), Amy Steel (Kit), Griffin O'Neal (Skip St John), Clayton Rohner (Chaz), Deborah Goodrich (Nikki), Jay Baker (Harvey), Mike Nomad (Buck), Thomas F. Wilson (Arch Cummings), Ken Olandt (Rob), Tom Heaton (Constable Potter/Uncle Frank); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Frank Mancuso Jr.; Paramount Pictures; 1986-Canada)|
|"A revolting teen slasher film
from north of the border, that tries its darnedest to
by Dennis Schwartz
revolting teen slasher film from north of the border,
that tries its darnedest to be witty. American
filmmaker Fred Walton ("Homewrecker"/"When A
Stranger Calls"/"The Rosary Murders") keeps things
unexciting. The horror spoof screenplay by Danilo Bach
is noisy and mediocre.
bunch of joky annoying Vassar college students
vacation on the weekend of April Fool's Day on a
private island's isolated mansion to celebrate the
birthday of their neurotic college friend and family
mansion owner Muffy (Deborah Foreman).
Some practical jokers pull some pranks on the ferry
crossing, which become bloody and scary. At the
mansion Buffy pulls some benign pranks to lighten the
heavy mood. This gives way to heavy drinking and the
guests begin vanishing one at a time. Buffy and her
remaining guests huddle together, as most of her teen
friends mysteriously vanish. The survivors are
nervously waiting for Monday's ferry to take them
twist ending lets us understand why things became
lesser version of April Fool's Day was made in 2008.
REVIEWED ON 4/4/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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