Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust is Full Moon's Gremlins 2. It's their The Player. To perhaps use a more apt point of comparison, it's their Terror Firmer. It's the movie that lays waste to everything the company is and does, burning it all to the ground in a blaze of satirical glory. It's a funnier, more ambitious, more accomplished movie than its predecessor in every conceivable way. That it happens to be a Gingerdead Man movie is almost incidental, even though it ends up being a better Gingerdead Man movie than the original Gingerdead Man. And, yes, the title is telling the truth: the cookie will be crucified before all is said and done. This is a movie that wants to offend everyone.
I was disappointed by the original Gingeread Man, a movie that seemed content to rest on its funny premise and the participation of Gary Busey. Passion of the Crust is the movie the first Gingerdead Man should have been: twisted and subversive and determined to be completely outrageous. Directed by Gingerdead Man writer William Butler under the pseudonym Silvia St. Croix, the movie exists to skewer everything about Full Moon, from the nepotism at the top (Full Moon head honcho is the son of director Richard Band, though, to be fair, it was Charles who started both Empire in the '80s and Full Moon in the '90s) to the ridiculous tiny monsters around which the franchises are built to the low budgets and rushed shooting conditions. Much of the exposition comes courtesy of Tommy, a terminally sick Cheatum obsessive getting a tour of the studio as part of his End of the Rainbow wish, an easy but effective device to give us the lay of the land and and introduction to most of the major players before all hell breaks loose.
Actor: "Was that good, Mr. DeCouteau? Did you like it?"
David DeCouteau: "Was it 'good?' Did I 'like it?' Was it in focus?"
Off-Camera Voice: "As far as I could tell!"
David DeCouteau: "Kid, you were fucking brilliant."
The Gingerdead Man himself is still brought to life fully through puppetry, rather than the Conan O'Brien mouth replacement effect that would come to be used in the Evil Bong crossover films. The effects, by Buechler are a ton of fun on the cheap, from the Gingerdead Man puppet to the Tiny Terrors to some of the gore effects that appear in the wake of Gingy's carnage. His dialogue is funnier, too, if only because it can sometimes be amusing to listen to him curse and spout off one-liners. Bloody kills and ridiculous dialogue like "Get ready to have your biscuits burned!" are exactly what I want out of a movie with Gingerdead Man in the title, which is something the first movie forgot. Not the sequel. It goes bigger and better in every way.
Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust (also known as Gingerdead Man 2: Bakery of Blood, a much less funny title) isn't available on Blu-ray yet, but it can be watched on Full Moon's streaming channel or, like most Full Moon movies, for free on Tubi.