THE GINGERDEAD MAN
The Gingerdead Man is another of Bands low-budget monster movies and was promptly multiply sequelised and even crossed over with other Band creations (see below). For The Gingerdead Man, Band has essentially purloined the plot of Childs Play (1988) and sequels Gary Buseys Milland Findlemeyer is another variant on Brad Dourifs Charles Ray who, instead of reincarnating in a childs doll, comes back to life in the body of a gingerbread man. Thereafter the two films follow near-identical paths with the Chucky doll/gingerbread man pursuing victims and despatching them along with taunted insults/one-liners. At which it must be said that Gary Busey is perfectly suited to doing the snarling badass taunts this sort of role requires.
Some of the Charles Bands films have the virtue of a tongue-in-cheek approach that helps paper over their budgetary shortcomings. There is the ever so delightful scene where a panicked Alexia Aleman calls her father on her cellphone: Daddy, Im at Bettys Bakery and weve got homicidal baked goods after us. The script sets out to make as many bakery related puns and one-liners as possible characters are constantly tossing off lines like shut your pie hole, tough cookie or give me some sugar, baby.
On the other hand, The Gingerdead Man is hamstrung by its cheapness. Bar a couple of scenes, the action is confined to the storefront and kitchen of a bakery. Not even the scene where Gary Busey is executed is depicted. The title character is reliant on Band regular John Carl Buechlers cut-price makeup effects, which are even cheaper and less convincing than usual. Unlike say the dolls in the Puppetmaster series, the Gingerdead Man gets no personality beyond Gary Buseys voicing and is a weak threat. Certainly, there is the appealing ridiculousness of one scene where the Gingerdead Man drives a car at a victim but the various despatches are otherwise unmemorable.
The film produced several sequels with Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust (2008) and Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver (2011). The Gingerdead Man was then crossed over with the Evil Bong series, which features a demonic bong pipe, in Gingerdead Man vs Evil Bong (2013).
Charles Band has produced over 200 films. As director, his other genre films include:- Crash (1977), Parasite (1982), The Alchemist (1983), Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983), an episode of The Dungeonmaster/Ragewar: The Challenges of Excalibrate (1984), Trancers/Futurecop (1985), Pulse Pounders (1988), Crash and Burn (1990), Meridian (1990), Trancers II (1991), Doctor Mordrid (1992), Dollman Vs. the Demonic Toys (1993), Prehysteria! (1993), Head of the Family (1996), The Creeps (1997), Hideous (1997), Mystery Monsters (1997), Blood Dolls (1999), Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003), Dr Moreaus House of Pain (2004), Decadent Evil (2005), Doll Graveyard (2005), Evil Bong (2006), Petrified (2006), Dead Mans Hand (2007), Decadent Evil II (2007), Dangerous Worry Dolls (2008), Evil Bong II: King Bong (2009), Skull Heads (2009), Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong (2011), Killer Eye: Halloween Haunt (2011), The Dead Want Women (2012), Devildolls (2012), Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012), Ooga Booga (2013), Unlucky Charms (2013), Gingerdead Man vs Evil Bong (2013), Trophy Heads (2014), Evil Bong 420 (2015), King of Cult (2015), Evil Bong: High 5 (2016), Evil Bong 666 (2017) and Puppet Master: Axis Termination (2017).