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While writer-director Megan Freels Johnston makes some unusual choices that set her film apart from run-of-the-mill low-budget horror, too much of her movie feels warmed-over.
''Ice Cream Truck" goes down rather easy, the clashing tactics holding a perverse charm when the pacing or story focus seems to drift for minutes at a time.
This truck never gets into gear, and will have a very hard time tempting moviegoers on either large or small screens.
An insidious little pulse-pounder that slowly but surely worms its way under your skin!
Overall, Johnston has crafted an engaging and easily relatable dark comedy in The Ice Cream Truck that made for a very enjoyable watch for this writer.
With a highly distinctive style and a pleasing resistance to narrative convention, The Ice Cream Truck is a potent, moody, highly entertaining little film that you'll want to watch at least twice.
There's immense charm to the film's engagement with hoary slasher film tropes played mostly sincerely, but with a sense of humor about it.
The film may not be perfect by any means but viewers who are looking for something a bit different and who are willing to weather some strange tonal shifts along the way should probably check it out.
The polished production values fool me and I stuck with the movie thinking there was a greater meaning and craftsmanship to what was happening.
Megan Freels Johnston is rather promising as a director, providing a visual for the film as delightful as your usual truck's treats.
Whatever ambitions Johnston might have had for the picture, they aren't realized on the screen.
A scary world filled with everyday, distinctly frightening stuff for women in the real world yet to be mined as fuel for horror in movies - who knew. And kicking in a new and different kaleidoscope of bizarre, amusing and unconventional at the same time.
Some great throwback tone and an almost surrealist approach to suburban life I can really get behind. I won't pretend that The Ice Cream Truck will have universal appeal, the understated nature will bore some people, and the ending will aggravate some too. But it doesn't take the directions I was sure it would, and that little surprise is always nice, plus the acting was far better than what you would expect in this kind of indie Horror fare.
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