MOH: WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Tom Holland, director of Fright Night and Child's Play brings us We All Scream for Ice Cream, the tale of Buster the clown, a simple minded ice cream vendor who was killed by a misguided prank performed by a group of children many years ago. Years later, Buster has seemingly returned from the grave to exact revenge on those who wronged him, who are now adults. He goes after their children, offering them ice cream that when consumed, will melt the flesh off of the bones of the adults.
Is it good movie?
Whoo-hoo! Clowns are f'n scary, I don't care who you ask. Not since Stephen King's It have I seen such an effective portrayal of an evil clown committed to celluloid, and let me tell you, William Forsythe is a master. Obviously you remember him from the Devil's Rejects, but did you know that Forsythe has donned heavy prosthetics before as Flattop in Dick Tracy? The man's performance is creepy as can be, although you don't see nearly enough of him in his 'scary' mode.
This story is very simple, and familiar. Kids make a big mistake being jerks when they are little, and now they're haunted by that same mistake many years later. At only an hour long, the film should not drag but it does- how many times does the viewer need to see Buster's evil Ice Cream truck driving around in the fog while he's whispering creepy phrases?
With that being said, simply because We All Scream for Ice Cream is simple does not make it bad. I thought that the back-story scenes involving Buster were spot on, as I too have been an ice cream truck driving clown (okay, so I haven't, but the scenes were perfect). If you ask me, the little ankle biters deserved what they got for messing around with the sweet natured clown the way that they did. However, there is a particular scene that didn’t seem necessary involving a nose (not to spoil anything). It made it seem like there was a large part of the story arc cut, or just something that didn’t need to be there at all otherwise.
The effects in this film which were practical were excellent, lots of goopy flesh melting fun. The computer generated stuff was dated and not so well done, but overall there isn't a lot of it. I had a real issue with the way that the film comes to a close, I thought that the villain was disposed of way too easily. I really enjoyed this particular entry into the MOH series. It promises killer clown stuff, and delivers with solid performances from Forsythe and Lee Tergeson.
Video / Audio
Video comes to you in a very clean anamorphic 1.78.1 widescreen transfer. It's kind of dark sometimes, and not perfect, but I barely noticed any flaws.
Audio comes in Dolby Digital 5.1, and sounds awesome. MOH is usually top notch in this department, and this is no different.
First off is a commentary track from director Tom Holland and writer David Schow which I thought was interesting due to its honesty. It's funny because Schow doesn't seem too pleased at all with the way things turned out, while Holland just seemed to enjoy the way the film looked. Intriguing stuff recommended for its honesty.
Sweet Revenge is a short making-of featurette that is rather vague and brief, going over a lot of the film's aspects from scoring the film to casting it. Forsythe adds some neat insight to his character too.
You also get Melt Down - The Scoop On Visual Effects, which besides being a gross pun, is actually about the effects. It's short, only about 8 minutes long, but effective enough. A neat addition. Plus, that melting dude was just too cool to ignore.
You'll also get a photo gallery and some trailers for other MOH releases.
Although this won’t win any awards, this clown tickled my fancy. It’s not terribly original and doesn’t really have anything really memorable, but the cast is trying and the performances are enough to make this Masters entry worth your time. Check it out.