Ice Cream Truck, The. A Serving of Horror With Thriller Sprinkles On Top
Ice Cream Truck, The. Film Details
Director: Megan Freels Johnston
Writer: Megan Freels Johnston
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Release Format: Cinemas, VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
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 will release in cinemas on August 18, 2017. Produced by Look At Me Films and O’Hughes Entertainment. Video on Demand distribution by Uncork’d Entertainment.
The story follows a suburban neighborhood terrorized by a serial killer posing as an ice cream man. When Mary (portrayed by Deanna Russo) moves back to her old neighborhood, she notices a strange ice cream man operating at all hours of the day. As she tries to fit in with the new neighbors, she notices strange things going on in the neighborhood.
The cast includes
The camera lighting has the right tone for the film’s nature. Also interesting is that some of the films are in a darker tone and some in a more vibrant tone. These tints of light enhance the viewing experience. Like the neighbors, for instance. They have a bright sense of character, and this is all well noted in the camera lighting.
The camera angles are front and center, giving great emphasis on the character of notice. These angles are also personal and intimate. Likewise, the angles seem to stay at this setting throughout the film hitting no high or low angles. The cinematography is by Stephen Tringali. His works include John Dies At The End, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and The Canyons.
The performances are decent but could be better. One performance to give high notice to The Ice Cream Man (portrayed by Emil Johnsen) is . 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. He was perfect for this role. Johnson’s works include Corridor, Ego, and Guidance.
The Delivery Man (portrayed by Jeff Daniel Phillips) is also a dark and mysterious character that deserves great notice. You can sense he has ulterior motives, but his story doesn’t have an explanation in the film. I feel was necessary given how the film ended. Phillips’ works include Lords of Salem, Westworld, and Hide, the latter he also wrote and directed, and has won the Best Short Film award.
The neighbors are nosey with attitudes apparent in snobby, well-off people. They’re very judgmental and condescending. These roles were well. The plot and story are invigorating and it unfolds rather slow, but well. The neighborhood ice cream man is odd and has two personalities. Aside from the unlucky few, everyone knows him as the charming neighborhood ice cream man. The wardrobe suits the film. Very simplistic and bland selections as to not take away much emphasis from the film itself.
The special effects are decent. Violence and kill scenes are one feature that heightens the experience of the movie, as they are shocking. The costume design is by Krista Speicher. Her works include Short Term 12, Lovesick, and Father. The Visual Effects is by Tony Urgo. His works include Fist 2 Fist 2: Weapon Of Choice, Conflict Zone, and Street Games.
The score selections are eerie. Simple instrumentals with added theatrical sounds. These sound selections also scattered throughout the film, giving certain scenes heightened the intensity. This creates an adrenaline rush for the viewer, as you get the vibe it leads to something drastic. Even during a major scene, the sounds add more to the experience. I love the music offered in The Ice cream Truck film.
It’s an indicator that, not only the ice cream man is coming, which is obvious, but it also prepares you for something big to happen. The music is by Michael Boateng. His works include Finding Carter, Into The Mind, and Time of Death.
The Ice Cream Truck is a dramatic, emotional, Suspense, Thriller. It’s dark and eerie nature heightens the experience. The score selections are enticing. Megan Freels Johnston is a great Director, this film being her second directorial film. Her other work includes Rebound. She also has Producer projects in The Arrangement and writer in the upcoming film Hunting Season, which is in development.
The way the film ended left way too much to the imagination and so many questions left unanswered. One of the biggest plot holes I have seen in cinema. This an indicator a sequel may be in the works and more will have explained. The Ice Cream Man is dark, mysterious, and psychological. It begs the question “how well do you know your neighbors or acquaintances?” However, because of the slow nature of the film, it decreases the scare factor. It makes it predictable.
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.
The new poster art is a great change from the original which had a more simplistic and bland approach. A nice sepia color tint added along with bloody effects on the truck give it a more sinister vibe. The big red letters are also a nice touch. It makes it look bolder.
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