To Rise Again – Gingerdead Man 2: The Passion of the Crust (2008)

Also known as Bakery of Blood as some might have found the original title a little offensive, the second Gingerdead Man film is far removed from the first with only the titular living cookie being what the two have in common. That is not necessarily a bad thing as repeating what happened in the first film would have been counterproductive to the franchise and thus in its place, a movie that is more of a parody than anything else.

The story finds a young filmmaker trying to keep his studio afloat, stretching each and every dollar he has so that he might finish the films he is making in the hopes that one of them will break and make it big, that it will essentially save his father’s legacy and let him continue on doing what he loves. That is going to be hard to accomplish though as the Gingerdead Man has shown up on set having arrived in a box of sweets and of course, he is looking for a human host which means a lot of bodies falling down around him.

The movie is silly of course, how could it not be as it deals with a baked good come to life, but there is a certain charm about it all, perhaps because it is so foolish. The killings are gory as they should be and they instill a bit of horror into the proceedings as one never knows just where it is the monster will strike next. It is all pure B movie and the special effects bear that out, but it is not as bad as some of the fair that has ever come from the studio and Charles Band.

The great thing about it all is that amongst the shenanigans and ridiculousness portrayed on-screen by the various cast members and the Gingerdead Man himself, is the fact that it pokes fun at Full Moon and the way their studio runs, how it differs today from yesterday, the state of the films and more. Despite there being absolutely nothing whatsoever to laugh at, the comedy being as lame as anything put to celluloid in the history of film, it does manage to infuse a lot of self-deprecating humour that saves it from being a complete waste of time.

2 out of 5

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