April Fool's Day

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1986
  • Color
  • Running Time: 89 Min.
  • Production Co: Hometown Films | Paramount Pictures | TCTM
  • Distribution Co: Paramount Pictures (1986) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Fred Walton
  • Written by Danilo Bach
  • Starring Jay Baker, Pat Barlow, Lloyd Berry, Deborah Foreman, Deborah Goodrich, Thomas F. Wilson, Griffin O'Neal
  • Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.
  • Original Music by Charles Bernstein
  • Cinematography by Charles Minsky
  • Film Editing by Bruce Green


  • Last one out's... a goner.
  • April Foooool's...
  • Guess Who's going to be the life of the party?
  • ...a cut above the rest
  • Childish pranks turn into a bloody battle for survival!
  • Don't let the joke be on you!


April Fool's Day is an American "slasher"/comedy horror film released in 1986 by Paramount Pictures. It was one of the main films that marked the end of the popular 80s slasher craze. It was directed by Fred Walton, from the screenplay by Danilo Bach. The original music score was composed by Charles Bernstein. It was filmed in British Columbia, Canada and has a mostly Canadian cast.

Alternate Ending

Jeff Rovin's novelization features the notorious ending in which Skip sneaks back onto the island after everyone has left to kill Muffy for her share of the family money, though he fails and winds up dead himself. This ending has never been released, but stills of it have surfaced. A revised draft of the script included another version of the above-mentioned ending in which Skip sneaks back onto the island to slay Muffy. He springs out of a closet and slits her throat, and she at first panics but realizes it is all a joke when she sees her friends standing around. The script then states that Skip stays on the island to help Muffy with the bed and breakfast.

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