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Icy Death (1991)

Video  -  Documentary | Short | Drama  -  1 January 1991 (USA)
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"Reefer Madness"-worthy dramatizations and Colin Quinn to boot
31 January 2009 | by (Bucktown) – See all my reviews

This short PSA video is a real riot. Don't get me wrong, crystallized meth amphetamines, or the dated moniker Ice, as they are constantly referred to here, are indeed a menace to society, and a ruiner of many lives; but if they showed me this tape in school, I would have thought that it was a joke. Hosted by an MTV-era Colin Quinn (who himself acts like he's on Ice in this video), the tape cuts between him, a talking head from the DEA, a former addict who tells tales of the bad old days, and, most amusingly, a dramatization of what happens when a good kid tries Ice. The dramatization starts with a cross-eyed kid, rocking back and forth with his tongue lolling out of his mouth on the floor of a jail cell. When his hysterical parents show up and ask what happened, a flashback ensues. Seems this kid was a good boy once. As a matter of fact, just earlier that day he was a normal kid, on his way to shoot hoops with his friend. But then some of the neighborhood school kids tell him to come over, they got a guy coming to sell them some Ice. So, ignoring the good advice of his basketball partner, the kid leaves with the peer pressure bullies. Eventually, a guy shows up in a car with the product. Hilariously hammed up is the actor who played the part of the dealer, spouting such lines as: "This isn't just a high, this is heaven in the palm of your hand" when he gives the drugs to the prison-bound kid. Eventually, the kids depart for the park, where our hero has second thoughts, but finally gives in after the non-stop haranguing of his peers. So he takes the Ice, which apparently makes the world look as though it is being affected by cheesy 80's video effects, and instantly begins convulsing on the ground. Of course, the kids who made him do it panic and run, but thankfully a helpful cop finds him and gets him to jail. Truly, the dramatization have to be seen to be believed. Hilarious.


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