Horror, Mystery, Retro, Thriller

Retro Film Series Presents

April Fool’s Day & Bloody Birthday

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Fred Walton’s April Fool’s Day
(R, 1986, 89 min)
First-ever screening at Retro!
An underrated 80s horror slasher whodunnit that’s also a lot of fun! Nine college students staying at a friend’s remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over April Fool’s Day weekend. Each has a secret from their past which gets revealed, and soon after, they turn up dead. Yet are they really dead? Or is it just part of some very real and cruel jokes? Starring Deborah Foreman, Amy Steel, and Thomas F. Wilson.

Followed by:

Ed Hunt’s Bloody Birthday
(R, 1981, 85 min)
First-ever screening at Retro!
The Bad Seed meets Halloween in this deliciously twisted early 80s slasher offering! Debbie, Curtis, and Steven may seem cute as buttons. But their angelic facade conceals the wicked, murderous streak given to them having all been born under the same solar eclipse. With the grown-ups around them blissfully unaware of their little darlings’ homicidal tendencies, the evil brats begin to bump off the adults one-by-one.