Wow…. where do I start on this one?!?
From the mind that has directed classics like “Parasite” (1982), “Doctor Mordrid” (1992), “Hideous!” (1997), “Deformed Monsters” (1997), “Blood Dolls” (1999) – as well as the “Decadent Evil” and “Evil Bong” films. From that very same acclaimed director(!) – Charles Band, comes “The Gingerdead Man”; written by William Butler and August White (now going back Domonic Muir), and starring every bodies favorite scary smiling actor Gary Busey. If you like cheesy comedy-horror, fantasy films that really stretches the imagination and leave a weird taste in your mouth then you might have found a random gem here.
At a Texan diner, crazed killer Millard Findlemeyer is on a killing spree which sees kill most of the Leigh family, leaving only mother Betty and daughter Sarah. Findlemeyer is sentenced to the electric chair and then cremated. His ashes are sent to Findlemeyer’s mother, a witch, who mixes the ashes with gingerbread spices and then sends them on to the Leigh family bakery. The bakery is in trouble and a local business man has failed to buy it out, so has resorted to sneaky tactics that might get the place shut down. Not knowing much about the ‘special’ gingerbread spices they have received, Sarah uses it in a batch of gingerbread, her colleague accidentally contaminates the batch when he is cut and drips blood into the mix – but they use it anyway. Sarah sticks the raw gingerbread man in the oven. Sarah gets into a fight with a trouble causer who is trying to plant a rat at the bakery so the health department close it down. In the ensuing fight a surge of electricity is sent into the over – animating the gingerbread man and making the “Gingerdead Man”. As you would expect, the killer cookie goes on a rampage and nobody is able to stop him – even having it’s head bitten off can’t stop the evil force completely. Somehow though, Sarah and her friends must find away to stop the Gingerdead man.
This really is a tacky and cheesy film. Before watching it I knew what I was getting myself into based on some of the other Charles Band produced and directed films I’d seen. In some of those, despite poor effects there was occassionally enough of a story to be entertained and engrossed – this however lacked a little more than usual. I think lending Gary Busey’s voice to the Gingerdead man was a stroke of genius. He makes a really good crazy, it’s a role he’s played before in many a film, just this time he’s really given a license to be over the top mental too. For me Busey wasn’t featured enough, with him in it this had the potential to be on the same shelf as films like “Child’s Play” (1988), “Basket Case” (1982), or “Ghoulies” (1985). In this instance though, instead of me putting this on that shelf at home, instead I’ll probably donate my copy to charity so that some other poor schmuck can have the pleasure of this stinker.
At 75 minutes long there are times when the film does drag a little unfortunately, but there are other times where it’s that ludicrous that you forget the passage of time. With an ending that is left open, there is an opportunity for sequels, which explains why you might find “Gingerdead Man 2: The Passion of the Crust” (or sometimes called “Gingerdead Man 2: Bakery of Blood) (2008), “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver” (2011) , and “Gingerdead Man Vs. Evil Bong” (2013) – but I can assure you, I’m not in a big rush to find a copy of that until I’ve washed the disappointment of this film off first.