Hey there, horror fans! I’m back with another edition of Horror With a Side of Cheese. If this is your first time joining us, here is a quick breakdown. I am on a hunt for the cheesiest horror movies in existence. Twice every month, on the first and third Fridays, I come here to talk about my latest find. I rate each film between one and five cheese slices. Several factors go into the rating, including dialogue, acting, story, effects and re-watchability. Today, I dive into the 2005 holiday horror, The Gingerdead Man. Stick around to see how many cheese slices this movie garners.

About The Gingerdead Man

Similarly to Chucky from Child’s Play and Jack Frost, a killer’s soul ends up in an otherwise inanimate object. In this case, convicted killer Millard Findlemyer (Gary Busey) dies around products used to make confectionary treats. After a bit of blood drips into the dough of a giant gingerbread cookie, the killer’s soul is reborn in the cookie. The newly-born Gingerdead Man wreaks havoc and slices anyone in his way.

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The Gingerdead Man stars Gary Busey, Robin Sydney, Ryan Locke, Larry Cedar, Newell Alexander and Alexia Aleman. William Butler and Domonic Muir wrote the story and Charles Band directed it.

The bakery storefront.

Fun Fact: This wild holiday horror was popular enough to spawn multiple sequels.

This film has a 28 percent Audience Score and no Tomatometer Score on Rotten Tomatoes.

My Thoughts

If you want something to make you laugh, might I recommend The Gingerdead Man? In terms of story, this film is weak and overdone. Multiple movies that came before have already done this bit, and they did it better. It has an okay premise but is far from excellent. It’s a killer cookie, oh no. Did you hear the sarcasm? In all fairness, the narrative does lend a certain cheesiness to the overall effect, but that’s the best thing I can say.

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Moving on to the acting — there is a high level of cheese here. Humans fighting a giant cookie is hilarious, and the actors give epic, ridiculous performances. 

The dialogue is exactly what you would expect from a movie like this. It’s a killer cookie; it is going to get weird. There is one line where a character says, “What is that?” Someone else replies that it isn’t the Pillsbury Doughboy, with some choice expletives thrown in for good measure. If you enjoy over-the-top lines like that, you will love this film.

The Gingerdead Man scowls at the camera

When it comes to the effects, the cookie is a puppet. It wrinkles and creases as it moves. Also, the mouth movements always leave me laughing hysterically. The kills are equally cheesy. 

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Finally, re-watchability. I admit to having watched The Gingerdead Man more than once. Every time, I think, “Maybe it will be better this time.” Spoiler alert: that never happens. It is worth occasionally re-watching just for the comedy factor. However, if you are looking for something with brutal kills and brilliant dialogue, this is not the one.

I’m giving this movie an overall rating of two cheese slices. It is not great, but worth some laughs.

There you have it, horror lovers! Another cheesy horror in the books. Have you seen this movie? If you know of a cheesy horror film I need to watch, leave it in the comments!

Until next time, stay cheesy, stay spooky, and most importantly, watch more horror movies.

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