Picks and Pans Review: April Fool's Day

updated 04/21/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/21/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

This is another semiholiday film in which a bunch of college kids gets marooned on an island with a slasher. The movie does have a few relatively entertaining things going for it, though. One is that director Fred (When a Stranger Calls) Walton and screenwriter Danilo Bach have senses of humor. They don't get carried away with the blood and guts and incorporate a subtheme of silly April Fool's Day practical jokes into the more surgical parts of the script. The cast, mostly newcomers, is attractive and can act; they're like a bunch of soap opera performers making a suitable amount of ado about nothing. Amy Steel, Ken Olandt and Deborah Goodrich especially are impressive. While he spends most of the film as a corpse, Griffin O'Neal—right, the guy who is the brother-in-law-to-be of John McEnroe—acquits himself nicely. And fans of Deborah Foreman will be undoubtedly pleased to have a chance to see her greatest performance since My Chauffeur. Foreman plays a spoiled, slightly spaced-out coed who invites some friends to her family's island hideaway (in what is actually British Columbia). What happens after that adds nothing very revolutionary to cinematic literature, but there are a couple of zippy twists at the end. Anyway, it's not as if they used up a really good horror movie holiday, like Rat-Catcher's Day (July 22) or World's End Day (Oct. 22). (R)

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