April Fool's Day (1986)
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Wow! I've been looking for this one since the late 80s. I just never knew the title. ^^" This site is way awesome!!!
The first thing I noticed when I switched this film on was Amy Steel from Friday the 13th Part II, so that immediately added a bit of a nostalgia factor the film right from the get-go. Of course, this being an 80's slasher flick, that wasn't the only thing nostalgic about the picture.
April Fool's Day was quite a pleasant surprise as I expected it to be more on the cheesy side and less on the thrills- don't get me wrong, this movie definitely had some cheese but it was also pretty well written and directed and there was a fair amount of tension.
The whole setting was very 'Agatha Christie', a name that's slyly dropped early on in the film, and reminded me of Bava's Four Dolls for an August Moon (a giallo film based on Christie Novel Ten Little Indians a.k.a. And Then There Were None), so that added even more of a nostalgic vibe to the film.
Although this film was very nicely carried out, the plot was very transparent, and every twist was telegraphed a mile ahead... other than the ending which was just silly. For me, this really wasn't a problem as I wasn't looking for a dense mystery. In fact, this probably only added to the to the expectations and sense of familiarity that one generally wants when turning on an 80's slash-n-stalk.
Just as a little side not so you can get an extra feel for the film, here's one of my favourite quotes.
Harvey: I know you think I'm a hick, but I'd like to change your mind about that if you give me a chance.
Harvey: Because I would really like to plow your field.
An Absolute gem of a film
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