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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

April Fool's Day (1986)

April Fool's Day [AFD] has no major star power.  However, the cast is full of 1980's actors who fall under the category of "I know I've seen them before but I'm not sure where."  This includes Thomas F. Wilson [Back to the Future series] as Rob, heartthrob Ken Olandt [Leprechaun] as Rob and Deborah Foreman [Waxwork, Valley Girl] as Muffy St. John.  The whole cast gives a solid performance which adds greatly to the film.
AFD falls into the sub-genre of the "Dead Teenager Movie" although it's script is much more clever than most.  The basic plot involves a group of eight college friends who gather together at an island mansion to celebrate their final year of school.  This soirée is hosted by Muffy whose parents own the house.  Hidden secrets end up being revealed.  People turn up dead...or are they?  Is a killer on the loose or is this someone's idea of a twisted April Fool's Day joke?  AFD leaves the audience hanging until the very end of the film.  Plus we get the surprise bonus of a nice little twist at the very end.
AFD is a fun ride, indeed and stands heads above many films in this sub-genre.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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