No, today on Tropefest, we're talking about that perennial children's favorite person in the whole wide world on a hot, summer's day, the ice cream man. A person so ubiquitous in our childhoods that it always comes as a shock when they're portrayed as anything other than peaches and cream, lily-white, "this-person-wouldn't-hurt-a-fly"-ness.
|Oh, HELL, Naw!|
Now, the creepy ice cream truck isn't a new thing. Well, it's newER since we needed delivery trucks to actually exist but as long as they've been around they've been a symbol of the corruption of innocence which, as we all know, is a popular theme in horror. In the Masters of Horror episode "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream", the truck istelf isn't evil, but the driver is a revenge story gone oh, so right because the driver is a ghost who's feeding the kids of his tormentors magic ice cream that melts their fathers. Into sherbet-y goo. It's hilarious.
As a trope, though, this one can only take so much mileage even though the fear of having a child harmed weighs heavily on, well, everyone's mind. Kids don't want to be kidnapped and parents don't want to hunt down good pictures to place on milk cartons.
|Or end up in a waffle cone.|
Now, I believe there was some mention of a sundae?