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As we all know, film is subjective. Therefore, it goes without saying that some movies just aren’t everybody’s cup of tea. But if the Internet has taught us anything at all, it’s that there’s an audience for everything. Hell, even films like MEET THE SPARTANS have some sort of fan base.
So when you watch a film like THE GINGERDEAD MAN, you can’t expect it to be anything other than what it is, a ridiculously crappy, cheesy, bloody, low-budget horror movie. So if that’s the kind of thing you’re into (like myself), then GINGERDEAD MAN 2: THE PASSION OF THE CRUST, will not disappoint.
SYNOPSIS FROM IMDB: The horrifying yet delicious and chewy Gingerdead Man causes murder and mayhem on the set of a horrible low budget movie set. It will take the determination of the studio’s young new owner to save both his company as well as the lives of his young new friends. Including a terminally ill young boy whose final wish it was to meet the studios stars – The Tiny Terrors.
THE GOOD: You have to admire Full Moon’s creativity. Their films are by far some of the most original in the industry. The novelty of a homicidal cookie alone is enough spark anybody’s interest, and while the initial shock value is gone in the second movie, it’s still really hard to look away from any sequence involving the titular character. It’s like when you’re waiting at a stop light, and across the street you see an extremely nasty and weathered crackwhore flashing her breasts to the public., and you don’t particularly want to see her breasts, but once they’re out there, you can’t resist rolling down your window and leaning your head outside to try and get a better view.
The movie is very short for a feature film. The DVD case says it’s eighty minutes long but after watching it, it was more like seventy-one, which is a good thing. While I thoroughly enjoyed watching this flick, I don’t know if I could have stood a three hour Gingerdead Man epic.
Also, special effects artist Greg Nicotero (the “N” of KNB FX) makes a small cameo as, a special effects guy. Which I thought was cool (I met him you know).
THE BAD: Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. The acting and the dialogue within this movie is horrible. Would it have been as entertaining with an all-star cast? Probably not. But it doesn’t change the fact that the acting and dialogue was horrible.
Gary Busey didn’t reprise his role as the Gingerdead Man. Even though we do see him at the beginning in a flashback sequence, hr doesn’t lend his voice this time, and it saddens me. One of the things that made the first movie so interesting was knowing that Gary Busey was in a soundbooth somewhere saying, “Eat me, you punk bitch!” and “I’m sure as hell not the Pilsbury fuckin’ Doughboy!” And that’s missing in this one.
OVERALL: While GDM2 did manage to cook up some cool kill scenes, and while it did contain a lot of fantastically vulgar one-liners, which is a definate recipe for hilarity, it wasn’t exactly “GREAT.” But what the movie lacked in acting, writing, and direction, it more than made up for it utter ludacrousness. Was it scary? No. Were the most of the jokes funny? No. Other than the Gingerdead Man, do I remember any of the other characters names, let alone the name of the actor? NO! However, it’s still an incredibly fun movie that I highly recommend to fans of campy horror. Overall, I give a solid 7 out of 10.