70 min., 2005
Written by William Butler/August White
Directed by Charles Band
My rating: ★★★★★
What can be better than a killer gingerbread man? Oh, that’s right! A killer gingerbread man voiced by Gary Busey!
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The movie begins at a diner with a man named Millard Findlemeyer (Gary Busey) killing some people. A man pulls a knife and approaches him, but he is shot. The man’s son also approaches, trying to get Millard to stop, but he is also killed. Millard sees a girl and asks her to stand up. He tells her that he isn’t going to killer her but he has to finish what he started, because that’s what his mom always told him, so he just grazes her. Sirens are heard and he runs. We then jump a few years forward to Betty’s Bakery. The girl that was shot, Sarah Leigh (Robin Sydney), is now working there and for her mother, and then she receives a package of gingerbread mix. After her coworker, Brick Fields (Jonathan Chase), gets cut and the blood mixes with the gingerbread and then it gets cooked, we then get our title character. The fucking GINGERDEAD MAN!!! The little guy goes on a killing spree in order to get Sarah. What can she do to stop a crazy gingerbread man?
Now the acting in this movie is actually pretty darn terrible. But then again, what do you expect from a Full Moon release, and Gary Busey. Then again Mr. Busey’s crazy and over the top performance (mainly voice work) completely fit. Even when he isn’t trying to act/sound crazy, he still does and it’s a blast to hear him as the Gingerdead Man. The other main actor, Robin Sydney, also does a pretty good job. Nothing great, but she does seem to be taking all the craziness and silly dialogue seriously and that shows some potential for growth. If she is able to take this shit seriously, then she could actually go on to be even better.
This is Full Moon and in all of their movies you get really terrible effects, but you also get some really great and inventive effects, and this movie is no different. Overall the effects are actually pretty laughable, but then again I think that if they did the Gingerdead Man any differently it wouldn’t have worked as well as it did. As with some movies that I have reviewed in the past, Thankskilling, Jack Frost and the whole Godzilla franchise, the cheesiness of the “puppet” work makes it that much more entertaining. A CG Gingerdead Man would have look really stupid, but the “puppet” GD man adds a lot of charm to the character, the same way it did for the other movies that I mentioned.
Here’s the big question. Should you watch this movie? Yes! A thousand times yes! This movie is just a whole lot of fun to watch. The acting and effects are what (pretty much) every Full Moon release ends up being, cheesy. That doesn’t take anything away from the movie, and in fact it makes it about ten times better. Playing material like this with a straight face and without being able to have fun with it would just make a very half assed product, but luckily Full Moon embraces that cheese and squeezes it out like Cheese Squeeze (Cheese Squeeze makes my eyeballs itch). Plus it’s a fucking killer gingerbread man and if that’s not reason enough to watch this movie, then I don’t even want to know you. It’s a killer gingerbread man!Have You Read...?