Jul 10, 2008

Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust

A film I never thought I would enjoy. It's funny when sequels topple over the previous effort of an original idea. Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust is not an original idea. In fact, It heavily borrows so much from Troma that I'm surprised Lloyd Kaufman hasn't made an embarrassingly amount of blogs slandering Silvia St. Croix's work.

Taking a huge chunk from the story of Terror Firmer, the once-dead and of course reincarnated cookie has wound up on the set of a low-budget horror film called Tiny Terrors 9: Purgatory of the Petite. I guess the director in the film is inspired by a young Charles Band, and yes, the douchieness is present. The characters last name is Cheatum, which brings a hilariously true element to the film which highlights the "down and dirty" business that is indie horror. Add a side of the same attitude present in Poultrygeist and you get the best work that Full Moon has had in a while.

The Gingerdead Man kills many crew workers in this weirdly-paced satire film. The attempt at being controversial doesn't work very well with independent studios. The surname isn't offensive and the cookie raping a fag with a hair curler isn't offensive either, just disgusting. The hardest thing I've had to do lately is writing this review without "cooking" up any puns concerning the recipe used to make this delicious campy horror film.

The film's only main problem is the horrible pacing. The film picks up in the first 10 minutes and really doesn't explain anything. Some busty "Scream Queen" brings a box of cookies to a Buffy the Vampire Slayer looking cast and on top is our favorite cookie. No explanation as to how he came about or anything. Plot holes galore! The ending was rock-bottom on the cliched scale as well. Perhaps the biggest change in film is the lack of Gary Busey.

Don't get me wrong, I hated the first film, but Gary Busey was the Gingerdead Man. Without his screen presence, we just have a cookie with stale one-liners, and that is what I settled for. The animatronics in this film were either bad or acceptable. The Gingerdead Man's mouth rarely moves along with what he is actually saying. Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust is a great Troma film not made by Troma. It sounds confusing but once you view this film, you'll get my drift.


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