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Director: Stuart E. McGowan
Label: Something Weird Video
First he kills ’em, then he chills ’em!
“One of these days, someone’s gonna crack you over the head and knock the conceit out of it!” says sexy dancer Venus de Marco (SABRINA, “Britain’s Jayne Mansfield”) to muscular babe-magnet Rick Martin (ROBERT STORY), owner of The Ice House. She’s also setting up one of the most cockamamie premises -- a normal guy turns into a crackpot killer because he was bonked on the head with a bottle -- in this wild sex-horror-exploitation gem starring identical twins and Jennifer Aniston’s mom.
On her way to a party/orgy with a carload of beer-swilling boyfriends, Venus stops to get some ice while her boys get into a fight with Rick -- See Switchblade vs. Ice Tongs ! -- until she breaks a beer bottle over his head. Boinnng!!! All of a sudden, Rick goes into a trance as everything gets psychedelic and, when he comes out of it, he’s screaming, “Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!” while choking the neck of his identical twin brother, police officer Fred Martin (DAVID STORY). “Apparently, you have what we call a trauma,” explains Dr. TRISTRAM COFFIN, who immediately suggests “confinement in a mental institution.” Instead, Rick goes to see Venus’ nude go-go show at the Magic Mushroom, follows her home, and startles the dear girl by climbing into the shower with her. Not only doesn’t Venus complain, she holds up a bottle and says, “Cheers!” Boinnng!!! Rick’s brain again snaps and he promptly strangles the buxom Brit. Frantically trying to dispose of her corpse -- and even cuddling it at a local lovers’ lane! -- Rick eventually freezes her back at the Ice House. But then horny Mrs. Wilson (NANCY DOWD, real life mother of Friends star Jennifer Aniston) shows up for some old-fashioned icehouse sex, offers him a drink and -- Boinnng!!! -- there he goes again....
A wonderful little sickie -- the credits perfectly set the tone with the cast’s names and likenesses painted on blocks of ice being slid off a truck and yanked away with tongs -- The Ice House comes complete with plenty of nudity, bits by B-movie vets SCOTT BRADY (He Walked by Night) and JIM DAVIS (Monster from Green Hell), a split second cameo by JOHN HOLMES making out in a car (“Hey, you’re screwing up my act!”), and a nude dance called “The Scrub” that somehow escaped sweeping the nation. Oddly, director STUART E. McGOWAN -- who wrote tons of B-westerns as well as the Republic horror film Valley of the Zombies -- also directed such family films as The Billion Dollar Hobo and They Went That-a-Way & That-a-Way.
Not a hit when released theatrically -- the title was quickly changed to Love in Cold Blood and The Passion Pit -- The Ice House still doesn’t deserve its current obscurity. Unfortunately, the only film elements we’ve been able to uncover is a single 35mm theatrical print which is pretty beat up. Nevertheless, it’s better to see The Ice House with scratches and splices than not see it at all.
And remember, kids: “Uncontrolled Passion is Man’s Destruction!” -- Frank Henenlotter