April Fool’s Day (1986) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

April Fool’s Day (1986) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

April Fool’s Day (1986) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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April Fool’s Day (1986) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Fred Walton
Starring: Jay Baker, Deborah Foreman, Deborah Goodrich
Rated: R/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

When Muffy St. John invited her college friends up to her parents’ secluded island home for the time of their lives, she just forgot to tell them it just might be the last time of their lives. As soon as the kids arrive on the island, someone starts trimming the guest list…one murder at a time. And what starts out as a weekend of harmless “April Fool’s Day” pranks turns into a bloody battle for survival.

April Fool’s Day starts off good and harmless enough. We are introduced to the characters, most a little on the annoying side of things, but whatever. They are on their way to a big party with their pal Muffy (I had a dog named Muffy once), and the tricks and the pranks are already in full effect. So, after a few of these it really steps up it’s game when something horrific does happen. You might think that things are up and cooking from that point, but things do slow down a bit as the plot for the rest of the film is setup a bit more. It was here that I was already starting to be a little bored, but I did hang in there due to the film’s cool atmosphere that it did seem to have. A little ways after things are setup more, or according to the film the next day, things do get going better. People are getting killed, drama is starting to fully set in with some clues of a much more sinister plot, and it’s kinda fun overall.

The fun is a little dwindled when the kills are more prop filled than gore filled. But I suppose you can take that and the fact that the character of Muffy seems rather bipolar at random times and connect it to the ending later. And before I get to the ending I will admit that the majority of what is seen before is a little slow and lite on gore, but fun and pretty nifty none the less (for the most part). But now let’s get to that ending, shall we? I don’t want to spoil things and I won’t, but the ending has always been something I just wasn’t a big fan of when it comes to this movie. I know, it sort of fits with the theme, but I just don’t know how I feel about it as a whole after seeing that. None the less, it’s slow but fun and it looks really good here which is all we can ask for. No original ending in the extras, but I think what we get here is fine.

Extras

  • NEW Horror with A Twist – an interview with director Fred Walton
  • NEW Well of Lies – an interview with actress Deborah Goodrich Royce
  • NEW Looking Forward to Dessert – an interview with actor Clayton Rohner
  • NEW Bloody Unforgettable – an interview with composer Charles Bernstein
  • NEW The Eye of Deception – an interview with cinematographer Charles Minsky
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Optional English subtitles for the main feature

Quality of Transfer: 95%

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