This DVD answers the question of "what fun is a holiday with
D. Wilson | NY by way of Cali | 09/18/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First off I have to state that I'm one of the cheapest S.O.B.'s around these parts(at least that's what my friends and family say!), so when you see the 4 star rating for this double feature of mediocre slasher fare you can be rest assured that it gets extra marks for costing me a measley $7.00 brand new and not because I in any way believe that these are "the greatest films from the Slasher Frenzy Era that ran amok during the mid seventies to mid eighties(as quoted from a fellow reviewer here)." These movies are far from slasher heaven(with Halloween and Black Christmas), but then again they aren't deserving of slasher hell either(with Driller Killer and every Hollywood slasher remake)... let's just put them comfortably in slasher purgatory where they belong(with House On Sorority Row and Maniac Cop). My Bloody Valentine tells the tale of a town cursed to never celebrate Valentines Day again without unleashing the wrath of a miner who was the only survivor in a horrible accident that happened years ago on that day. The premise is laughable in that all they have to do is NOT celebrate Valentines Day(at least on February 14th) and nobody dies... but apparently they love the holiday so much that they just can't resist-- do real people even celebrate Valentines Day?! Anyhow, they throw a Valentines dance even with the possibility of certain doom and the slashing begins. My Bloody Valentine plays like a slightly(and I do mean slightly, no gore here at all) edgier episode of Scooby Doo with the eventual unmasking of the "evil miner" by a hero who even dresses like Shaggy from the cartoon(I'm talking shirt open from the belly-button up with a scarf!). A decent time waster though, with solid acting and a few nice moments of tension (a big budget remake is in production... because an 11 year old in Calgary demanded it LOL!). April Fools Day(which has already had it's awful remake released) is the other movie included here and is the far better of the 2 films. It starts with a group of college students heading out to a friends isolated island home to celebrate April Fools Day(again, do you know ANYONE who actually celebrates this?!). A horrible tragedy takes place as soon they reach the island(the ferryman has his head crushed against the dock by the boat!) and shortly thereafter people begin getting slashed. April Fools Day is a film that I absolutely loathed as a youth, with a finale that had me nearly to the point of putting my head through the TV screen... now that I'm older though, I can actualy appreciate the movies desire to deliver something original as well as some of the cheeky charm that when I was a kid I couldn't pick up on. The movie also has a great cast and good direction throughout. So like I said before, this double feature is a nice slice of slasher purgatory in that it probably won't wow you, but both films still deliver most of what a genre fan is after. The DVD from Lionsgate is very good with both films shown in the Widescreen format with Dolby audio(though the levels seemed lower on My Bloody Valentine)."
Two good Mystery/Slasher's at a great price!
R. Pepper | Los Angeles | 06/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My Bloody Valentine and April Fools Day were both produced out of Canada and like other Canadian horror greats such as Black Christmas, Curtains and Happy Birthday to Me, they do not let the jaded horror viewer or even occasional horror visitor down. My Bloody Valentine came out during the height of the slasher craze and ranks as one of the better ones. April Fools Day is a post-slasher era horror film that created a neat little mystery with a different twist that some may or may not like. I do not own this particular double feature disk however I own both of these films seperately. This is a perfect double feature if you are in the mood for something scary and something fun. And at the cheap price Amazon lists, you really can't go wrong. Enjoy both of these holiday-themed classics!"
"One By One They Will Die. Only The Killer Knows Why . . .
J. B. Hoyos | Chesapeake, VA | 07/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""My Bloody Valentine" and "April Fool's Day" are two of the greatest films from the Slasher Frenzy Era that ran amok during the mid seventies to mid eighties. Also, they are among my collection of holiday slasher fare. Both are superb mysteries and both take place in creepy, isolated locales.
In "My Bloody Valentine," someone has been hurt by a past tragedy and will stop at nothing to prevent the annual Valentine's dance from taking place in their little mining town. They will even rip out someone's heart and send it to the sheriff or stuff the dance's organizer into a dryer. Rebellious high school friends boldly go to the mine where they are axed to death one by one. This is a very creepy atmospheric thriller with quite a few gory death sequences.
In "April Fool's Day," a group of college friends descend on a rich friend's retreat on an isolated island. There is an accident on the ferry; someone is badly disfigured. Soon holiday pranks turn to holiday murders as one by one the friends begin to disappear. Survivors frantically search for clues while the killer slashes their way through the guest list. In order to keep the killer's identity a secret, most of the killings are done off screen. If you like the "Friday the 13th" movies, you will enjoy "April Fool's Day" because the directors are the same and they share that outdoor woodsy atmosphere.
"My Bloody Valentine" and "April Fool's Day" are extremely enjoyable. This DVD is a great value and is highly recommended for those who enjoy good mysteries and/or good holiday slasher fare. Note: The title of my review is from the poster for my favorite slasher, "The House That Screamed." It was too appropriate to resist.