The thought-provoking psychological thriller stars Deanna Russo (Being Human, Gossip Girl) as Mary, who moves back to her suburban hometown after her husband gets relocated for work. As her family ties up loose ends back home, she moves into their new house alone.
And although the move makes Mary nostalgic for her youth, there’s something very sinister about that Ice Cream Truck that patrols her suburb.
“As a long time lover of the horror genre, I have always found that there was a point of view missing. There aren’t enough horror films by women, for women and about women,” explained Freels Johnston when discussing the film. “My films are about what’s scary inside and outside the female psyche and the fine line that often separates the divide.”
Storytelling is very much in Freels Johnston’s DNA. The granddaughter of legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard, The Ice Cream Truck screenplay was a semi-finalist in the Circus Road Screenplay competition.
As a producer developing material for over a decade, Freels Johnston worked on adaptations of her grandfather’s work and produced Sparks, the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. After completing a project for the USA Network, she decided to follow her passion and write and direct her own material. Her first film, 2014’s micro budget thriller Rebound, developed a cult following on VOD, was called, “Almost David Lynchian in its strangeness” by Film Threat and Rue Morgue said, the film “(was) worth watching to the end for the unnervingly realistic twist ending.”
The Ice Cream Truck also stars John Redlinger (Nashville, Banshee), Emil Johnsen (Isolerad), Hilary Barraford (United States of Tara), Jeff Daniel Phillips (Westworld, The Lords of Salem) and Lisa Ann Walter (The Odd Couple, Curb Your Enthusiasm).