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April Fool's.... - Muffy
"April Fool's Day" will always be a personal fav of mine. Is it because it had marked me when I was a little brat? Is it because I related to the abundance of sex-inclined talk? Or maybe it's because I always got a kick out of seeing Deborah Foreman (Muffy) say the words "April Fool's Day" as she licked her lips sensually. It's a combination of a bunch of swell things and apart from those easy 3 reasons, April Fool's Day has a lot more to celebrate as well.
To begin with, even though the plot is fairly "slasher" classic, the flick delivers it with such high enthusiasm and sharp wit that I couldn't help but get sucked into it and then some. I adored the many "unfortunate events" which occurred throughout the film and how they toyed with our noggins so deliciously. Are they real? Are they jokes? I won't tell. Either way, they were a hoot to witness. The many more obvious gags themselves were also pretty funny. I actually felt envious of these rich snots because that "shindig" looked like horror fun times to me. Wish I could've been there to partake in the festivities.
It also really helped that the lead characters, although horror token in their nature, are played by a slew of talented actors. I warmed up to most everybody here. From Muffy (Foreman) the brunette vixen, to Nikki (Goodrich) the token blonde slut (and God, she does it so well) to Arch (Wilson) the cock machine on the prowl (loved that collar up, collar down shite). This sly one surprisingly also gives these characters an amount of depth that didn't really bring much to the picture on a narrative standpoint, but that wound up helping me care about these rich fools even more.
Horror-wise, the flick tosses enough creepy elements to give you a minor case of the chills. Be it odd "baby cries" in the night, framed pictures with eyes that move or blood-soaked sheets. Now sure this is a slasher, but it's not in that respect that I got the most out of my strokes. The mystery surrounding the kills is what kept me going. I was so into the clues, the red herrings and the whodunit. Much like the lead characters, I was obsessed in trying to piece it all together. I also dug this party girl's knack at poking fun at well known horror conventions. Yes, it did it before "Scream" followed its lead. Which brings me to the film's double twist ending. You'll love it or hate it and it might actually define your like or dislike of this flick overall. As for me, you guessed it...I fell for it and found it to be a ballsy move for a "mainstream" slasher released by a big studio (Paramount).
Do have any qualms with the film? A few but nothing major. First off, I wasn't a hundred percent on the killings mostly being off-screen or after the fact, that kind of took away from their impact. But once the end credits rolled, I easily forgave the movie for that. The lack of nudity did actually annoy me though. Nikki had "tit shot" written all over her and when the time came to let it rip...she avoided the issue. And last but not least, I totally loathed the character of Harvey (Baker) and wanted to stick that big cigar far, far up his snotty ass. Nope, nothing erotic there...just for shits and giggles. But that's just me.
Overall, "April Fool's Day" is a clever, well written, fast paced, mystery-laden slasher that oozes with sexual energy, some spooks and humor. The fact that all these goodies took place at a gorgeous "lake" location that reminded me of another Paramount slasher also contributed in upping my enjoyment factor .This one aims to please and asks us to get in there and have fun with it. Once it's done, you'll either kick it off the bed or jump it again and beg for seconds. Let's put on our party hats!