Movie Review: THE ICE CREAM TRUCK

THE ICE CREAM TRUCK was written and directed by Megan Freels Johnston and stars Deanna Russo as Mary, who moves back to her suburban hometown after her husband gets relocated for work.  As her family ties up loose ends back home, she moves into their new house alone. And although the move makes Mary nostalgic for her youth, there’s something very sinister about that Ice Cream Truck that patrols her suburb. The Ice Cream Truck also stars Dana Gaier, John Redlinger, Emil Johnsen, Hilary Barraford, Jeff Daniel Phillips and Lisa Ann Walter.

Mary’s husband gets relocated for work which allows her to move back to her suburban hometown. As her family ties up loose ends back home, Mary moves into their new house all alone and….waits. Yet in this idealistic world, something seems very odd. The Ice Cream Man, a symbol of youth and good times, starts killing some of her neighbors. Mary soon learns that the suburbs are scarier in more ways that she ever remembered.

Mary arrives at her new home and quickly gets the attention of some of her nosey neighbors as well as a teenager who gets the hots for her. While she’s waiting for her family to finish up their business at their old home, she decides to venture out a little and tries to socialize with some of her new neighbors. While she is slowly adjusting to her new home, there’s this creepy ice cream man who strolls up and down her street in his vintage ice cream truck. What she doesn’t know is that he’s going around killing people in gory fashion and Mary ends up being next on his list. She ends up being terrorized by this nostaligic maniac where her battle with this crazy killer ultimately comes to a close and features a huge twist that you won’t see coming.

The Ice Cream Truck is a fun slasher that’s a blast from the past, even though it’s actually a brand new movie. It all takes place in present day and is set in small town suburbia with the beautiful Deana Russo’s character the main focus of the story. While she’s waiting on her family to arrive, she ends up playing around some in her new setting and getting into a few things she probably shouldn’t be getting into. Emil Johnsen does a fantastic job as the ice cream man who is going around slicing and dicing his victims. He’s got this nostaligia vibe spot on which gives him an extra scoop of creepiness. Hardcore horror fans will also recognize Jeff Daniel Phillips whose sleazy character delivers a few uncomfortable moments for Russo’s character. It is a horror movie after all and with that comes some of the red stuff. There’s a little bloodshed in the movie but I wish there had been more.

Bottom line is. The Ice Cream Truck ended up being a cool blast even though it did have a few flaws. Let’s get those out of the way real quick. First of all, the movie is a bit of a slow burn at times and some viewers with short attention spans might lose interest. Try to hang in there because it gets good! And secondly, the killer in the movie takes an unfortunate back seat to the central character and it felt like he was simple forgotten about at times. The movie spends way too much time on her and the things she’s getting into. Give me more victims! Okay, now to the good stuff! I really liked the concept about this old fashioned killer who is driving around in suburbia in a vintage ice cream truck. The killer features this whole retro vibe like he’s been zapped right out of the 50’s while the movie itself takes place in present day. Megan Freels Johnston did a good job bringing this story of hers to life on screen and has delivered a fun little treat for horror fans. Johnston’s imaginative and creative storytelling is complimented nicely by a talented cast that’s led by Deanna Russo. This suburban nightmare delivers two scoops of terror when it arrives in theaters and On Demand on August 18th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

 

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