APRIL FOOLS DAY
April Fool's Day must be the first of these holiday slashers to have had the style it takes entirely dictated to it by the title. Two other films made at the same time also had the same title the British April Fool's Day, which was renamed Slaughter High (1985), and the Canadian The April Fool (1988), which was retitled Killer Party (1986). However, for the blend of horror and laughs promised, April Fool's Day is disappointing. In all respects it is a standard Friday the 13th copy. The characters are tedious indeed. the teens are often so irritating that it is a relief when they start being killed. The end twists are implausibly contrived.
Director Fred Walton first premiered with the babysitter stalker film When a Stranger Calls (1979) and has gone on to make a variety of other psycho-thrillers including the excellent The Rosary Murders (1987). Mostly for tv, he has subsequently made the wholly routine likes of I Saw What You Did (1988), When a Stranger Calls Back (1993), Dead Air (1994) and The Stepford Husbands (1996).
Amid the spate of 00s remakes of 1980s horror films, April Fool's Day was later remade as April Fools Day (2008), although the remake bore little in common with this version beyond the title.
Film available online in several parts beginning here:-