Witty and knowing, APRIL FOOL'S DAY is an interesting send off for a genre that had become trapped in it's own tired formula. By 1986 slasher films, as a genre, were pretty much finished and done with, what were left were never ending sequels of diminishing quality. All the holidays had been covered, the various ways of lurking in a dark hallway with a meat cleaver had been done. But FRIDAY THE 13th 2-6 producer wasn't going to let any of this stop him, he recruited Oscar nominated BEVERLY HILLS COP scriptwriter, Danilo Bach to pen one of the final slashers of the era. APRIL FOOL's DAY is proto-SCREAM in it's self awareness, a quirky entry, drawing inspiration from Agatha Christie, Mario Bava, and John Hughes, we find a group of university students about to embark on the next phase in their life, gathered for one last Spring Break party. Almost immediately, the April's Fools pranks take one dark turn after another and the body count starts to rise.
- Fred Walton
- Jay Baker, Pat Barlow, Lloyd Berry, Deborah Foreman, Deborah Goodrich, Tom Heaton, Mike Nomad, Ken Olandt, Griffin O'Neal, Leah Pinsent, Clayton Rohner, Amy Steel, Thomas F. Wilson
- 89 min