April Fool's Day
Serial Killer Film
The whole bag of tricks!
First there was Black Christmas, and Halloween, then Prom Night, soon followed by My Bloody Valentine. April Fool’s Day pays homage to 70's and 80's slashers, jumping on one of the only major celebration left unexploited. Every time this has been done, a classic was born. April Fool's Day is no exception. Like its conceptual cousins, it is highly entertaining, sexy, sassy, cheesy, self-aware.
It finds creativity in its low-gore kills, a surreal narrative and through sprinkled twists and turns. What starts as a series of pranks during a murder-mystery game among friends escalates into bodies piling up. Although this is all very familiar, the script beautifully bends cliches and stereotypes to its advantage, as if playing dumb with us to keep us guessing while bombarded by red herrings.
Because it is self-parodic, the film doesn't take itself as seriously as other slashers have. It makes fun of traditional character exposition by giving you almost nothing but that. Some will complain many critical elements of the subgenre are missing; graphic deaths and a clear antagonist to root against, namely. By the time the credits roll, you will either accept it or hate the writer for it.