Friday, April 7, 2017

Bloody April Fools (2013) - Foreign Film Friday

Number Rolled: 9
Movie Name/Year: Bloody April Fools (2013)
Tagline: It’s only a joke.
Genre: Horror
Length: 68 minutes
Rating: NR
Production Companies: ESCAC Films
Producer: Sergi Casamitjana, Aritz Cirbian Casado, Marta Rodriguez-Coronil, Lita Roig
Director: Laura García Alonso, Carlos Alonso-Ojea, Dídac Cervera, Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz, Eugeni Guillem, Ander Iriarte, Gerard Martí, Marc Martínez Jordán, Rubén Montero, Arnau Pons, Marc Pujolar, Miguel Sánchez
Writer: Laura García Alonso, Carlos Alonso-Ojea, Albert Camps, Dídac Cervera, Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz, Eugeni Guillem, Ander Iriarte, Celia López, Gerard Martí, Marc Martínez Jordán, Rubén Montero, Adrià Naranjo, Daniel Padró, Arnau Pons, Marc Pujolar, Lluís Segura, Miguel Sánchez
Actors: Joan Amargos, Enric Auquer, Alex Batllori, Manel Dueso, Carmen Flores, Diana Gomez, Xeui Jimenez, Paula Malia, Mario Marzo, Aleix Mele, Barbara Mastanza, Samuel Rubin, Charlotte Vega, Gerard Marti
Stunt Doubles: Alejandra Alonso, Aleix Pujolar

Speech Available: Spanish (Spain)
Subtitles Available: English, Spanish (Spain)

Blurb from Netflix: After stocking up on booze, a group of kids spend the night in an old hostel. Soon, the curse of a long-ago killing begins to demand fresh blood.

Selina’s Point of View:
Quick question.

Why does a non-anthology film need twelve directors and seventeen writers in order to come up with a movie that has no originality?

I’d like that to not be a rhetorical question. If you have the answer, I really want to know.

This film was pretty much every teen slasher ever written. At least I now know that Spanish films have the same tropes as English films. They hit every single one. From the group of teens in the van heading to a vacation spot, to the weird guy at the gas station, to the abandoned structure in the woods. I predicted at least seven lines of the actual script before they came up and the acting was just slightly worse than Nicolas Cage (Left behind, Rage, Joe) during the Wicker Man (2006) bee scene.

Bloody April Fools had absolutely no redeeming qualities. Even the soundtrack put me off. Hell, it even covered my least favorite holiday.

By the way, people have no fucking chill on April Fool’s day. This year one person told me a friend died – he hadn’t. That shit is not a damn joke. I don’t mind pranks, but if your prank is set up to only exist through someone else’s pain, then you’re not a jokester – you’re a dick.

Hatred for the holiday aside. The movie still sucked. Don’t waste your time.

Cat’s Point of View:
I just don’t know where to begin with this one, even hours after watching the movie.

Did I like the movie? I guess that’s a good place to start. The answer is not really. I felt like I’d seen it all before and was predicting most of everything that happened – in general where not specifically. I will say that there was an element that had me guessing til the end; but it wasn’t strong enough to sway my overall opinion of the film.

If you can think of a horror trope involving a group of teens deciding to party in a creepy abandoned place where something bad happened umpteen years ago, then this movie probably has it. The only atypical elements about the whole thing would, unfortunately, be a spoiler to mention. It wouldn’t have been so bad if there were elements woven in to make the audience invest a little more through either dark humor or character development. Sadly, that was mostly lacking and when attempted it just felt awkward.

There was a section of unnecessary shaky cam where the film shifts from standard camera tracking on the characters to first person perspective from cell cams. Were they just trying to cash in on that fad? I don’t know that it was particularly a necessary element to those scenes.

Hell, I’ve got an issue with the title translation of the movie in general. The Spanish name for the film is Los Innocentes, or The Innocents. The English name for this movie is Bloody April Fools. Really? Here, I think we have one of those culture clash moments. The movie revolves around a holiday that is apparently the Spanish equivalent of April Fool’s Day, but it’s in December. I am now highly curious as to why that is, and what the significance of the symbolism used throughout the movie is. Perhaps not knowing the background of those customs caused me to miss a crucial element to the story?

Somehow, I doubt it.

The movie simply suffered from a lack of originality. I am glad that I never have to watch this one again.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 20%

Selina’s Rating1/5
Cat’s Rating1.5/5

Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: R

P.S. Film has a different title in Spanish: Los Inocentes.

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