April Fool’s Day (1986)

logoDirector: Fred Walton

Writer: Danilo Bach (Screenplay)

Starring: Jay Baker, Deborah Foreman, Deborah Goodrich, Ken Olandt, Griffin O’Neal, Leah Pinsent, Clayton Rohner, Amy Steel, Thomas F Wilson

 

Plot: A group of nine college students staying at a friend’s remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool’s day weekend.

 

Verdict: The Anti Slasher

 

Story: We follow the group of friends and pranksters as they make their way to the remote island for a weekend with a friend. We know the weekend will be filled with the usual teenage material, but someone on the island starts to pick the teenagers off one by one or is this just a giant prank?

This film does a good job building up the kills like many of the slasher films of the 80s, we don’t actually see any of the kills though, which is a big clue to the final reveal. Everything plays into the hands well and you start to wonder what is going on and who will make it, but if truth be told it tells you early on what is going to happen. One of the draw backs is that the first kill seems to happen as an accident and the twist would involve it being planned. The pranks do get very annoying after a while because I don’t think anyone would put that many pranks together for April fool’s day. In conclusion when you get the 80s slasher film this works well, but it has dated and will leave the now generation feeling let down. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Deborah Foreman: Muffy the mysterious lady who invites her friends to the island, but after a while she seems distant, could she be hiding something? Solid performance in what is an interesting role that is full of surprise. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: It is hard to pick just a couple of the support cast, they all comprise of the people who make it to the island and get picked off one by one. They all have something that makes them different but they all make slasher movie mistakes. Each plays their part well and become important to the final outcome.

 

Director Review: Fred Walton – In the era of slasher films this would be good direction and would give the audience something different, whether they would like it is a different discussion. It was a smart idea but did it all make sense? (5/10)

 

Horror: Typical Slasher level horror that will do all but create a new monster. (6/10)

Mystery: You are left wondering what is going on, what the motivation is and who will make it. (7/10)

Settings: Isolation achieved with the friends getting stuck on an island. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one for late night television fans out there, it will be enjoyed by all that stay up and watch but don’t go out your way to see it. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: Final Twist

Worst Part: Even though I like the final twist, it make most of the film pointless.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No sequel, but has been remade.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $ 13 Million

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: Last one out’s a goner

Trivia: Due to the film being light on violence it received frequent airings on late night television, where it gained a large cult following.

 

Overall: Slasher With a Different Type of Twist

Rating60

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Trailer Alert – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Plot – When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

Release Date:  24th April 2015

Questions:

A full blown teaser trailer here not giving too much away, how excited are you?

The rumour is that we will see one of the Avengers killed off, which one do you think it will be?

How will the support villains (Quick Silver and Scarlett Witch) work?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 90%

My Guess Rating – 85%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

Top 5 Ryan Reynolds Roles

Ryan Reynolds has 62 credits to his name, he has played plenty of different types of roles, with some big budget films that haven’t done so well, but some very good indie films too. Today I am looking for my favourite five roles against Emma

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5. Matt Weston – Safe House (2012)safe house

Matt Weston is a young CIA agent, currently the caretaker at a safe house in South Africa. He has been on post for 12 months, and has asked to be relocated. Weston has not had any ‘guests’ in the 12 months he has been there, until Tobin Frost, rogue agent, is dropped in his lap. They are soon on the run together, waiting on the CIA to save them. He is confused about who to trust since Frost keeps trying to get in his head, as West is trying to deliver Frost, and get the respect of the heads of the agency.

4. Will Hayes – Definitely Maybe (2008)

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Will get asked by his young daughter about how he met her mother and Will ends up explain the first three loves of his life, leaving the young girl to figure out which one is in fact her mother.

3. Paul Conroy – Buried (2010)

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Paul has been buried alive with a phone he must make contacts with people to try and get out before his air runs out. Ryan has to keep the audience entertain as he is the only one on camera in this intense thriller.

2. George Lutz – The Amityville Horror (2005)lutz

After moving into a new house the Lutz family get haunted by a strong of unexplained events, based on a true accounts of the family.

1. Richard Messner – Smokin Aces (2005)aces

FBI agent trying to catch a mod boss but ends up getting caught up in the battle for the bounty on his prize witness

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5. Mr D – School of Life (2005)5

Mr D is a new teacher who style is different to the rest of the teachers in his school, but he also gets the best results in the school. There is a reason behind it style because he is teaching the students about life rather than just a subject.

4. Hannibal King – Blade Trinity (2004)4

Hannibal King is a fighter against the vampires, he used to be one but thanks to a process he is cured now. He is full of one liners that usually put him in more trouble but it is clear to anyone who watches this Blade he steals the film.

3. Michael ‘Berg’ Bergen – Two Guys & Girl (1998-2001)3

Berg is the serial overachiever he always gets good grades while not studying, he is also a ladies man and next to Pete they have great chemistry.

2. Paul Conroy – Buried (2010)2

Paul has been buried alive with a phone he must make contacts with people to try and get out before his air runs out. Ryan has to keep the audience entertain as he is the only one on camera in this intense thriller.

1. Gary/Gavin/Gabriel – The Nines (2007)1

This is a series of three stories that are all connected, this is a great film with good performance from Reynolds in a film people may not have seen.

Trailer Alert – The Gambler

Plot – A literature professor with a gambling problem runs afoul of gangsters.

Release Date:  1st May 2015

Questions:

Can Mark Pull off this role?

How deep of trouble will he end up in?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 70%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No