Film: April Fools' Day

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April Fool's Day is a Slasher Movie from the year 1986. It was directed by Fred Walton, who also directed When a Stranger Calls seven years prior.

Muffy St. John is rich and she is about to inherit an old house on an island. She decides throw a party to her pals from college in there on April Fool's day. But weird things soon start to happen, as someone has stored very different kind of April Fool pranks for the guests... And the subversions. Oh god, the subversions!

Got a loose remake in 2008.

Examples contained within this book. Gotcha!

  • All Women Are Lustful: Judging by the kitchen conversation, Muffy, Kit and Nikki love lots and lots of sex. Even Nan, the supposedly repressed good girl got pregnant.
  • Bookends: The jack-in-the-box appears in the opening credits and shows up again in the last scene.
  • Cat Scare: Skip is scared by a cat before he is attacked.
  • Caught in a Snare: Arch when he is in the forest.
  • Cerebus Call Back: Inverted. The first time the jack-in-the-box is seen it scares Muffy with a lizard head and the second time it's just a clown.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*
    Kit: And don't anyone say 'April Fools' again or I'll rip them apart!
    Skip & Arch: *Cough*april fools*cough*
  • Deadly Rotary Fan: Early in the movie one of the party goers gets horribly mutilated by a boat propeller It turns out to just be part of the prank
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: It's not Harvey, it's Hal.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Nan's little joke at the end, where she pretends to slice Muffy's throat open.
  • Evil Twin: Muffy's "twin sister" Buffy who is really just Muffy. Skip is her twin though and is evil in the original book.
  • Explosive Cigar: Harvey smokes one amongst the many gags directed at the guests.
  • Faux Horror Film: The whole film turns out to be a prank. Double Subverted at the end.
  • Final Girl: Nan seems most likely to be this, then gets killed third. Kit then seems to be the Final Girl but of course it's subverted when everyone lives.
  • Freudian Excuse: The jack-in-the-box moment that scared Clara in the flashback could explain her fascination with pranks.
  • Peek-A-Boo Corpse: Much of the scares are made of findings of corpses and severed heads.
  • Portrait Painting Peephole: Kit and Rob find one in their room, but there is only cat-clock with moving eyes behind it. It later reappears in much less amusing fashion.
  • Really Gets Around: Nikki. Sleeps with Chaz but is clearly up for sex with Arch later in the weekend, not to mention flirting openly with Hal.
  • Red Herring: Buck ("They did it!") and Muffy's strange behaviour after the first night.
  • The Reveal: It's all in the movie's name.
  • Scary Jack-in-the-Box: Muffy was given one when she was a child, as shown in the opening credits.
  • Slashers Prefer Blondes: Interesting case since all the female victims are blonde, including the Final Girl while Muffy is brunette. Of course then subverted when nobody gets killed at all.
  • Wink Ding: Not actually a "ding", the sound heard when the jack in the box winks at the ending is a part of the film's music theme.
  • Wolves Always Howl at the Moon: Subverted. It was Skip, drunk as hell.