The Ice Cream Truck Review (2017)

by Yo Adrian on April 22nd, 2018 | |

The Ice Cream Truck was directed by Megan Freels Johnston and stars Deanna Russo, Emil Johnsen and John Redlinger. It’s about a woman who moves into a new house ahead of her family, cheats with some high school dude and gets attacked by an old-fashioned ice cream truck guy.

Suburbia can be a killer

The Ice Cream Truck Review

A middle aged woman moves across the country into a new house in the suburbs, ahead of her family so she can set up house and concentrate on her writing. She accomplishes neither of these things. Instead, she has long awkward conversations with neighbors, smokes pot with teenagers and eventually has an affair with one of them on a playground. Meanwhile, a spiffy guy in a retro 1950’s ice cream truck circles the neighborhood at all hours, selling scoops and slashing teens. 

I was into this movie for a good 45 minutes. The characters were great, the seeds of a good mystery were planted, the music helped support the uncomfortable atmosphere, the retro ice cream truck was a nice touch and the first two kills were classic slasher awesomeness.

Then things started going downhill. Nothing kept happening, the ice cream guy was around but not really doing anything.

Then the movie turned into a steamy romance for some inexplicable reason. Hot housewife falls for the shirtless hot teen stud, they flirt and share intimate moments for the next hour leading up to a surprisingly intimate front seat view to taboo mom on teen sex. This wasn’t your typical horror movie hookup. There was playful hesitation, eye gazing, passionate kissing, closeup views of clothes hungrily being pulled off and heavy panting. Then, after the softcore porn show, there’s more intimacy and cuddling, in what’s supposed to be a slasher horror. WTF?

Anyways, after they do the deed (on a kids playground, hope they brought wet wipes to clean up after themselves) they have another run in with the ice cream guy and things get fun again, then the movie just kinda ends. There’s an attempt at a twist but it doesn’t really land.

Overall, I thought it was a great concept, the retro character was awesome and the over-the-top kills and practical effects were a nice nod to slashers of the past. But the lack of direction really lost me. It starts off a slasher, turns into a psychological thriller, then a drama, then a 50 Shades fan flick, then a slasher again and finally wraps up with some lazy attempt at a Shyamalan twist. It was just trying to be too many things at once.

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