The Ice Cream Truck (2017) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Megan Freels Johnston
Starring: Deanna Russo, Emil Johnsen, John Redlinger
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Uncork’d Films
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. Although her familiar suburb is a constant reminder of her youth, something seems strange. A local ice cream man with a love of nostalgia starts to kill some of her neighbors. Mary is torn between her mature instincts that something is wrong and the distracting memories of her younger days.
The Ice Cream Truck might be a hard mystery for some to figure out, but more on that in a bit. Let’s just say that up until the end we have our lead moving into her home while literally, everyone around her seems to be at least a little bit creepy. None the less she decides to go to a party where she ends up smoking pot with one of the teen kids in the area and then she keeps on doing this same thing during the movie while she’s torn between cheating on her husband or not. In the meantime, a weird guy driving an ice cream truck is killing people from the neighborhood. You can tell they are really trying to make this driver interesting and the highlight of the film but the only time he really does anything for me is when he goes for the kill in one scene when he’s told he can’t use someone’s bathroom.
Our leading lady is nice on the eye’s but character wise doesn’t really do anything to make you want to like her. She’s partying it up with teens and putting herself in bad spots that opens the door to cheating on her husband. Not really the norm for final girl material. Our kills we get aren’t that interesting and our final act is more than a little anti-climatic. Then the end spins a really odd ending on us that made me scratch my head and try to figure out just what the heck I even watched. While the movie as a whole wasn’t anything to write home about, I worry that ending might just sink this one for most people.