Posted by: Damon Swindall
After starting in Washington D.C. nine years ago Horror Movie Night has expanded to include chapters in Austin, Dallas and Chicago. Horror’s Not Dead’s own Brian Kelley is the originator and programmer of this illustrious weekly Wednesday night tradition which features a “classic” horror film. Each week I will be reviewing/commenting on the past week’s selection so do your best to find the film, most of which have not made it past VHS, and follow along. Better yet, start your own chapter!
It all started with Halloween.
A slasher set around a holiday. A time traditionally reserved for fun and games was now being haunted by a maniac hiding behind an expressionless mask and carrying a big knife. From there many more holidays would see their name synonymous with terror of some sort – from Thanksgiving to Christmas to birthdays and even Independence Day. One holiday you would think fairly low on the list would be April Fool’s Day, but sure enough it got covered. Maybe even too much.
In 1986 three different studios and crews were working on a horrified take on the prankster’s favorite day. It all started with the appropriately titled April Fool’s Day and months later came Slaughter High. These two films bookended our pick for this week’s HMN, a Canadian production directed by William Fruet (Blue Monkey) that was ultimately called Killer Party.