REVIEW: The Ice Cream Truck
– By Nick Ferwerda
When middle aged mother Mary (Deanna Russo) moves back to her hometown suburbs because her husband gets a work transfer, she quickly learns that they might not be as safe as she initially thought.
Mary’s family has some loose ties back home they need to work out before the big move. Mary decided to move back ahead of time to get everything ready and set so her husband can have an easy and smooth move. Mary arrives to an empty home in a new area with no friends. This changes when she meets next door neighbor Jessica (Hilary Barraford), the leader of the suburban white wine drinking soccer moms. Jessica and her merry gang of moms invite Mary to a graduation party for one of their children, Max (John Redlinger).
This is when the tone starts to change. This harmless suburban neighbourhood even comes with its own ice cream truck that has more to it than meets the eye. When people in the neighbourhood start to go missing, everyone is on edge waiting for the mystery killer to strike.
The idea of a killer ice cream man is unsettling and something you would not want to think about if you live in a suburban area. I will definitely be staying away from the ice cream trucks in my area after watching The Ice Cream Truck. The concept was there and it was strong but was just approached in the wrong way. The script was missing some key points that could’ve made The Ice Cream Truck a classic.
The biggest problem is the villain himself. The Ice cream man is portrayed by Emil Johnsen. While Johnsen does pull off creepy, it seems so forced and out of place. The character just didn’t fit in with the rest of the story and it made for an experience that isn’t the best. His story doesn’t connect with Mary’s until the end so at times you are left wondering when is Mary going to get mixed into the madness. The suburban setting is fun and the cast is everything you would get in a stereotypical area, and that is fun.
Megan Freels Johnston does make this a fun movie to watch. While the story may have been missing a little bit when all said is done, you will still feel entertained. There is some fun banter between the characters and the relationship between Mary and Max that is created is very fun to watch.
With the campy and cheesy feel you get with classic horror mixed with today’s horror The Ice Cream Truck is able to create something very different and entertaining to watch. It would be that much more engaging with a little bit of a stronger story.