Monday, July 7, 2014

The Gingerdead Man (2005)

Director: Charles Band

Writers: William Butler, Domonic Muir

Composer: Roger Ballenger

Starring: Gary Busey, Robin Sydney, Ryan Locke, Larry Cedar, Allexia Aleman, Newell Alexander, Margaret Blye, Jonathan Chase

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Out of the oven... and into your heart!

Plot: An evil yet adorable Gingerbread man comes to life with the soul of a convicted killer - this real life cookie monster wreaks havoc on the girl who sent the killer to the electric chair.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Dumb, stupid, silly retarded, but a reasonably good time.  The bread/cookie/baking puns are all over the place.  Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.  It feels like one of those scripts that wrote itself.  It's pretty much what you think it is.  Busey is only on screen for a few minutes, enough to think he probably spent one, maybe two, day(s) on set and about a half hour in the recording studio for his lines as the titular character.  There definitely needs to be more Busey in this picture.  The Southern accents from these kids is pretty bad.  There's a little twist at the end (I'm assuming it's because they ran out of ideas) and the score goes from cheap to grandiose.  One thing that helps is that it's only 70 minutes long which includes nearly 7 minutes in closing credits (!) which makes the film an hour (when you remove the opening credits).  I'm OK with that.  I picked up the box set with all three films for $2 at the flea market months ago.  I'm wondering if I should even hit the other two films or get rid of it.  Busey's not in either one and there's no one of note in them. This first film's extras include a behind the scenes featurette (18 minutes) with Busey and lots of informative stuff, a blooper reel and lots of trailers.   I don't feel bad about dropping 8 bits on it.

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