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.
- Book Ends: 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.
- 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.
- 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.