Thursday, April 7, 2011

April Fool's Day (1986)

Director: Fred Walton

Starring: Jay Baker, Pat Barlow, Lloyd Berry, Deborah Foreman, Deborah Goodrich, Tom Heaton, Thomas F. Wilson

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Last one out's... a goner.

Plot: A group of nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's day weekend.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? I guess it wouldn't kill me.

It sure was nice that April 1 came on a Friday this year! What an opportune time to watch this 80s classic. It was the first half on a double bill with CARRIE (1986) and it made for a fun night. I'm not going to spoil anything for those who haven't seen it. AFD is a fun flick from start to finish. They play with the conventions of horror films so you're not exactly seeing anything new...almost. Charles Bernstein's score is much better than a low budget 80s slasher film deserves. There are a lot of laughs and some great kills. I'm sure I could find some gaping plot holes if I gave it another spin but that'll have to wait a few years. And even though it feels a bit long at 89 minutes, it's got enough going on that you're not likely to get bored. Besides, you want every one of these dipshits dead and you've got to see how that happens, right?

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