Ice Cream Man (1995) - Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Hohum Score

23

Watchable

Poor Gregory. After being released from the Wishing Well Sanatorium, all he wants to do is make the children happy. So Gregory reopens the old ice cream factory, and all the unappreciative brats are reprocessed into the flavor of the day.

IMDB: 4.9
Director: Norman Apstein
Stars: Clint Howard, Justin Isfeld
Length: 84 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 8 out of 68 found boring (11.76%)

One-line Reviews (19)

Instead, this movie is dull!

Just when something should be funny, it goes on for too long and just becomes a long, drawn-out affair as there are a couple moments spread throughout where a little extra thought put in would've made more sense.

ICE CREAM MAN is also slow moving and ponderous.

It's a confusing story-arch, and it can lead to struggles to understand those twists and turn.

How you can make a boring slasher with that cast is beyond me.

The story is pretty much a one trick pony and the entire idea of a killer ice cream man gets dragged out because not much really happens in the film.

At sometimes it seems like an exciting adventure movie for children, the ones where a group of kids make a secret club or something to catch the bad guys.

Seems like it goes on way too long.

Garrett Griffin's dazzling cinematography provides a stunning stylish look and boasts plenty of nifty scene transitions.

" In addition, Ice Cream Man has some WTF moments but with slow pacing it doesn't really help the movie at all.

If you've watched this movie hoping for a spectacular and suspenseful horror-fest, chances are you were disappointed.

There are a few amusing moments in it like after having killed & used a local woman for ice cream ingredients Gregory finds a female condom in the bottom of his bowl, there are one or two gross moments in it like close-ups of people eating ice cream with eyeballs in but for the most part once I got over the initial premise I found it rather dull, pedestrian & boring.

The film is gory, silly, cooky, and fun, but it's also VERY low-budget, and happens to be a slasher, which tends to be formulaic.

Then there's the entire psychiatric ward scene, in which Jan Michael Vincent's acting ranges from mildly interested, to bored beyond the state of consciousness.

The script by Sven Davison & David Dobkin has an intriguing premise, one that has that juxtaposition where ice cream men are considered good & deal with children all the time & this film turns the ice cream man into an evil killer.

Some of the writing may have been passable and it may scare young children and dog lovers but it's still great fun and very enjoyable as a no-brainer flick.

This film is electrifying, spell binding and awe inspiring.

Having said that, this movie is by far, in my opinion, the WORST movie I've ever seen!!

It's repeated several times throughout the movie and is exceptional, an unexpected highlight.