Friday, November 6, 2009

Masters of Horror S2 10: We All Scream for Ice Cream (2007)

Two good episodes in a row? I don't know if I can handle this. We All Scream for Ice Cream is adapted from the John Farris short story, and directed by Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play, Thinner). It's enjoyable due to the performance of William Forsythe, and Holland's direction recalls the freaky fun of his earlier work, or the televised version of It, or Killer Klowns from Outer Space.


Something is stalking a group of grown men in an average, suburban town. As children, these men were once a group of friends who accidentally got a mentally handicapped ice cream clown killed while playing a malicious trick on him. Buster the clown has a very interesting means of revenge: he appears, usually at night, in his creepy, phantom ice cream truck, and croaks "I Scream...You Scream...We All Scream for Ice Cream" on the loud system, which hypnotizes the neighborhood children. If the children should eat his ice cream, their parents' MELT!

I spoiled it, sure, but it's all obvious from the first 10 seconds of the episode. The main reason to watch this episode is because William Forsythe is fantastic as Buster, both in the flashbacks to living Buster and the psychotic ice cream clown from beyond the grave. You really feel for this poor guy, though I question why one of the 'boys' was killed as he refused to partake in the cruel prank that killed Buster to begin with. Colin Cunningham is pretty good as the troublemaker Virgil, and I enjoyed the scene in which Layne (Lee Tergesen) visited him to figure out what was going on.

We All Scream for Ice Cream is not deep, but it's amusing, just like good old Fright Night. Campy old school horror that you could probably watch with your kids, if you dare...

Verdict: Win [7/10]

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