APRIL FOOL'S DAY
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
The Butcher Brothers
What's it about
In the South, the elitists gather to celebrate themselves on April Fool’s Day by throwing elaborate pranks. One prank goes too far, killing a woman, which leaves the group blackmailed and hunted down on the anniversary of her death.
Is it good movie?
April Fool’s Day is a really bad movie. It’s generic, unoriginal, and uninspired. Everything -- from the direction, to the writing, to the acting -- seems below Lifetime or Hallmark Channel quality. In other words, the thing feels and looks cheap. I realize the budget was probably nonexistent, but come on now. The characters seem so hollow and so unlikable that I looked forward to their potential demise. Of course, disappointment (one of many) quickly came as April Fool’s Day has no gore. No T. No A. No horror. And if none of these elements appear in a horror movie, what the hell am I watching? Seriously, was this meant for the Disney Channel? The DVD boasts an Unrated version, but what’s the rated version like? What did they cut? Who’s the target audience for a slasher flick that contains zero elements of the genre? Sorry for the endless rhetorical questions, but the best that April Fool’s Day offers is hot, sassy women. That’s it. And they’re supposed to be Southern, yet most of them speak with California accents. Uh huh.
Speaking of accents, what really annoys comes from the setting. Supposedly, April Fool’s Day takes place among the Southern elite, where Georgia’s finest meet to throw parties to welcome the newest to their group and deliver lame April Fools jokes. Despite the supposed Southern setting, it lacks any regional vibe. It feels like California, with Cali ideals and ethics. Hell, there’s even a movie studio in the film! Has the writer ever been to the area? At least attempt to incorporate something from the South. Maybe a Stonewall Jackson reference. Or an Atlanta Braves rip. Anything to set and define the scene. The closest audiences get comes from the exteriors, which were shot via helicopter, none on the ground.
How can the audience feel empathy for rich jerks? They’re more one-dimensional than a post-it note, and hell, at least you can fold those in half. I liked the general premise, but nothing was done with it, leaving the audience completely unfulfilled. I realize an audience exists for this type of film (otherwise, why release it), but at least use the conventions of the genre. After all, when did horror become safe? If a movie can’t offer in terms of direction, writing, or acting, at least provide the splatter. Lots and lots of splatter. Shock the viewer. At least April Fool’s Day nearly got the women right. So, so close.
Video / Audio
Video: 1.85:1 Letterbox Version
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Maybe stoners or people absent of brain function might dig April Fool’s Day, but it’s lackluster in every category and not worth your time. Not even if stuck in a coma in a hospital bed. You can dream better than this.