This is where we meet our main character, Muffy. Yes, you heard me right. From this outset we are led to believe we have pretty much summed Muffy up. For spring break she invites an unlikely group of college friends and acquaintances to her weekend island mansion.
When they arrive and all file off to their rooms in the giant house, they discover several April Fools tricks are greeting them. Some funny and clever; dribble glasses, chairs that make you fall backwards, others are dark, scary and confusing; a tape of a crying baby, drug paraphernalia and newspaper clippings of car accidents.
Pretty soon, one by one, the friends begin to go missing and their bodies start popping up, or bits of their bodies anyway. The still alive friends decide they need to get out of there but amazingly, without them noticing, Muffy has slowly started to lose the plot. Complete with shifty, creepy eyes their host becomes someone to fear.
Some think the very idea of this film made it too arty to stomach but no matter what you think about its validity as a horror film you cannot escape the pretty clever, spooky imagery. In particular, the manikin being dragged across screen and when the two kids are canoodling on the slatted walkway and they turn to see a couple of dead bodies floating on the water beneath.
Something of a classic? I can't decide. It's glossier than most 80's horror and a huge nudge to what was to come in the 90's. An important and necessary installment of retro horror/comedy? Absolutely.