Summer has just about reached its peak and as the temperatures soar we retreat back into our homes to beat the heat. So, what better way for a horror fan to cool off than to binge on titles that appeal to our inner genre fan and our lust for everyone's favorite summer treat, ice cream? With these five sugar-filled horrors, you're guaranteed to stay cool (and terrified) this summer.
5. Kruel (2015)
What better way to kick off a horror countdown than with a good ol' babysitter slasher? No list would be complete without one. Robert Henderson's indie psycho-stalker flick Kruel is centered around Jo O'Hare (Kierney Nelson, Octagon), a young woman struggling to make ends meet while caring for her ailing mother. Turning to babysitting as a source of supplementary income, Jo is faced with the ultimate horror when one of the children she is looking after goes missing from the front yard in broad daylight.
Weary of a lurking ice cream man, Jo goes in search of answers and missing boy with no more than the help of her two-timing bastard ex-boyfriend. As you can imagine, things inevitably take a turn for the worse, resulting in an outcome neither of the naive lovebirds could have foreseen.
4. Masters of Horror: We All Scream for Ice Cream (2007)
#MastersofHorror was an anthology series that ran for two seasons, consisting of a new one-hour film each week from one of the many iconic names in horror. Aside from being undoubtedly one of the greatest horror series to grace television screens, this episode also just so happens to be directed by horror legend Tom Holland; the man responsible for iconic titles such as Child's Play, Thinner and Fright Night.
Holland's segment We All Scream for Ice Cream is a bittersweet tale of revenge, and you know what they say about revenge- it's a dish best served cold.
Starring Lee Tergesen (The Strain, American Horror Story) and William Forsythe (The Devil's Rejects, Dear Mr. Gacy) Tom Holland's We All Scream for Ice Cream is a bittersweet treat you're unlikely to ever forget.
3. Ice Cream Man (1995)
I first saw Clint Howard in Ice Cream Man when I was around eight years old, during the height of my childhood when sweets ruled the world. As much as I adored the film and all its campy humor and grotesque scenarios, I can honestly say it was the sole reason I didn't ingest a single scoop of ice cream for several years to follow.
Also, I feel that I should inform you on the possibility that Ice Cream Man may or may not also ruin meatloaf for you (but meatloaf sucks anyway, so in essence the film and myself are doing you and your gummed-up arteries quite the favor). Hands down the most absurd and graphic of the films on this list, Ice Cream Man is a staple for every horror fan and their collection.
2. The Ice Cream Truck (2017)
Starring diamond-eyed beauty Deanna Russo (Being Human, Gossip Girl) and horror heart-throb Jeff Daniel Phillips (31, The Lords of Salem), The Ice Cream Truck is an enigmatic yet wonderfully lulling look into the dangers that lurk even within our coveted suburban neighborhoods and gated communities.
Director Megan Freels Johnston's The Ice Cream Truck takes place in a suburban dreamscape where Mary (Russo) has just settled in to her new home and is now awaiting the arrival of her family. The picturesque neighborhood where she intends to replant her childhood roots soon proves to be seething with mystery, with dangers around every corner. With mannerisms that are reminiscent of the The Stepford Wives and a familiar surrealism commonly seen in David Lynch's filmography, The Ice Cream Truck is your go-to horror film this summer and will be hitting select theaters and VOD on August 18, 2017.
1. The Stuff (1985)
The delicious cherry on top of this delightfully bloody sundae is none other than '80s cult classic, #TheStuff. This film features one of my favorite crime-fighting trios since The Temple of Doom; industrial spy David 'Mo' Rutherford (Michael Moriarty, Law & Order), advertising guru Nicole (Andrea Marcovicci, The Hand) and their young companion Jason (Scott Bloom, John Q).
The Stuff is one of the horror genres most quotable yet shamefully under-appreciated films to date. After a mysterious goop seeps from the Earth, business executives scramble to protect the secret origin of their new hit dessert, 'the stuff'. As more and more people consume this miraculously healthy alternative to ice cream, it begins to change them - and not for the better.
With substantially more laughs and originality than most modern horror films, Larry Cohen's The Stuff also provides a strong allegory on consumerism, the herd mentality and the effects of addiction. With a tasteful blend of satire, horror and adventure, the appeal of this classic flick spans several decades and will be regarded as "the stuff nightmares are made of.
With these five insanely awesome treats, your summer is bound to be as horrifying as it is sweet. Whether you're in need of a slasher, a supernatural thriller or a dark comedy, there is something above for all taste to chill-out to.
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