The Gingerdead Man (2005) Movie Review

The Gingerdead Man (2005)

2005 | Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
70 minutes /

User Score: 57/100

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The Gingerdead Man Review


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.

The Gingerdead Man (2005) is a 1h 10 min American fantasy-horror-comedy that was shot in Cadillac Jack’s Cafe in Sun Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA and other locations in Los Angeles, California, USA. Director Charles Band (Blood Dolls (1999), Puppetmaster (1989), The Dungeonmaster (1984), Trancers (1984)) did not succeed in bringing us an entertaining movie. I was second doubting myself regarding whether I wanted to see this film but I had no choice although I know I was in for a dreadful watch because I needed to see it so I could write this review to warn others. The Gingerdead Man was an utter waste of my time, and everyone should stay as far away as possible from this film because it brings nothing good to the eyes.

The Gingerdead Man starts in a diner called Cadillac Jacks where Sarah Leigh (Robin Sydney - The Lost (2006), American Muscle (2014), Gingerdead Man Vs. Evil Bong (2013)) is seen hiding behind a booth. She is hiding because Millard Findlemeyer (Gary Busey - Lethal Weapon (1987), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Point Break (1991), Predator 2 (1990)) was shooting her father and her brother. Millard finally shot at Sarah after he was rambling something and heard sirens.

The Gingerdead Man skips forward to Sarah trying to keep the bakery business going and what would have been Jeremy’s 21st birthday if he had survived. Sarah is worried because wealthy Jimmy Dean (Larry Cedar - Constantine (2005), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Crazies (2010), National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)) and his daughter Lorna are opening a bakery across the street. Lorna (Alexia Aleman - Angels (2009), Close Call (2004), The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000)) is obnoxious and considers herself a beauty queen. Will Jimmy and Lorna be able to run Sarah out of business who has no help from her mother Betsy (Margaret Blye - The Italian Job(1969), The Entity (1982), Hombre (1967), Hard Times (1975)) who is an alcoholic. Betsy carries around a rifle with her and is clearly still mourning her son and husband’s death.

Sarah received a mysterious package containing gingerbread mix on the store’s doorstep.
The movie took a slight turn/twist when we discover the mix is mixed with the ashes of Millard, who died and was cremated. Millard’s mom wants her son to have revenge on Sarah, who testified against Millard leading him to be electrocuted, so she sent the package to Sarah. Sarah’s employee Brick (Jonathan Chase - Gamer (2009), Another Gay Movie (2006), Eagle Eye (2008), Love Thy Neighbor (2013-2014)) accidentally cuts himself and bleeds into the gingerbread mix. Sarah and Brick prepare the mix although it was bled on and baked the giant gingerbread man cookie. Skip forward and we see the killer coming to life in the form of a gingerbread man.

I love movies with a killer gingerbread man, but this film fell short in so many areas including making the gingerbread man not entertaining, and the few body counts in this movie did not help. The actors did a poor job as well as the sound, makeup, editing, and writer. I would not recommend this film to anyone because it made me want to fall asleep so many times but I kept forcing myself to stay up.

About The Gingerdead Man (2005)

Title: The Gingerdead Man
Original Title: The Ginger Dead Man
Year: 2005
Runtime: 70 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
Score: 1 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 7 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7
Starring: Larry Cedar, Gary Busey, Jacquelyn Band, Margaret Blye, Jonathan Chase, Dana K. Harrloe, Robin Sydney, Coy Koehler, E. Dee Biddlecome, Kim McWilliam, Daniela Melgoza, Joe Dain, Emily Owen, Debra Mayer, Tom Paliferro, Newell Alexander, Jethro Rothe-Kushel, Ryan Locke, Kaycee Shank, Alexia Aleman, James Snyder, Harlan Band, Zalman Band, Lisa Cohen, Diane Collins
Writers: William Butler, Domonic Muir
Director: Charles Band

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