Ice Cream Truck, The. New Poster Art, Stills, and Trailer
Director: Megan Freels Johnston
Writer: Megan Freels Johnston
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Release Format: Theatrical/VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Drama
Running Time: 1 Hour, 36 Minutes
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.
The Ice Cream Truck is nearing its theatrical premiere on August 18, 2017. The Comedy, Drama, Horror is produced by Look At Me Films and O’Hughes Entertainment. Video on Demand distribution by Uncork’d Entertainment.
The Ice Cream Truck gives off the vibe of a slasher film, but in a way that is unique. Most slasher films are fast-paced and intense. Johnston’s film is the opposite. It’s more dramatic and emotional heightened with mystery and suspense. (Excerpt from film review)
Mary (portrayed by Deanna Russo) moves back to her hometown in an attempt to start fresh with her family, only to find things haven’t changed. In fact, things seem worst that what she remembered. The neighbors are as nosy and prudish as they always were. The worst part; a new Ice Cream Man (portrayed by Emil Johnsen) is stalking the streets of the quiet suburb.
His character is very mysterious, yet very charming. He’s your friendly neighbor who you don’t expect to be into anything suspicious. He greets everyone with kindness and respect. His voice and his demeanor are pleasant.
A twist to this character I thought was a great added touch: he is an old school, traditional person. He doesn’t condone in any sins or bad activity. He is a neighborhood watch. Patrolling for any funny activity. He kind of replaces law enforcement.
Excerpt from DecayMag film review
The Ice Cream Man seems like a kind, harmless gentleman at first. But weird things that have been happening, including neighbors gone missing, and all of the clues lead to him. Mary soon starts to suspect that the ice cream man is really a psycho.Read the full film review here
New cover art, new movie stills, and a new trailer have dropped this month. The new movie poster art is clever. I like the effects of the ice cream cone and the faces of the victims added. The skull on the side gives off an eerie vibe.
• The Ice Cream Truck has gone through several renditions of the poster art.
• A small ice cream truck in the center of a blood-stained cone.
• The truck looking like it’s decaying and a bland background.
• The truck in the simplistic background and blood gushing from the top.
My favorite one, with the blood-stained ice cream truck with the suburban neighborhood in the background. The title of the film in big, bold red letters.
The cover I selected as my favorite stands out more. It has the simplicity of the neighborhood, and the ice cream truck is front and center to the point, your attention is drawn to it.
A new production still also got released. The ice cream truck at a close-up and you can tell by the looks of it how old-fashioned it is. In the image, you can also see one of the nosey neighbors, Jessica (portrayed by Hillary Barraford) eavesdropping on Mary. Jessica and the other neighbors are judgmental and condescending. They have entitled attitudes and make no hesitation in taking Mary’s personal situation and running with it.
The new trailer for The Ice Cream Truck is much better than the previous versions including the teaser. Yet, these trailers were still enough to provide intrigue to the viewer. Maybe it was the eeriness of the vibe that made it successful in this.
This new trailer offers more key action scenes, which is a good thing. In the previous versions of the trailer, there was, maybe, one action scene that shown. On the same token, the mysteriousness of the first trailers reeled the viewer in. This new trailer is bolder in its approach, but it may just show off a little too much. Now, the viewer knows what to expect.
Likewise, the film itself is still an enjoyable experience with a shocking plot twist that may leave you guessing. It also sets the scene for a potential sequel if there is one in the works. Another nice added feature to the trailer is the big, bold red letters near the end. The brightness of the color stands out, just as it does in the movie poster image above.
The Ice Cream Man is dark, mysterious, and psychological. It begs the question “how well do you know your neighbors or acquaintances?”
Excerpt from DecayMag film review
The Ice Cream Truck is such a success because it’s a film and a story that’s more true to life, because this can definitely happen in your own neighborhood or other personable environments.