Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong - Review - @fullmoonhorror / @RealCharlesBand

Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong (2013) **
D: Charles Band
C: John Patrick Jordan, Robin Sydney, Sonny Carl Davis, The Don, Ryan Curry, Victoria Levine, Amy Paffrath 

Plot Synopsis: The Gingerdead Man seeks revenge against Sarah Leigh for causing him to live his life in the body of a gingerbread man. Her only hope is to team up with Larnell who has problems of his own in the form of a magical talking bong named Eebee. 

Review: Those looking for a film that delivers upon the promise of the title, will walk away feeling cheated. The title, itself, is completely misleading. You see, the Evil Bong (of the title) doesn't have legs nor arms, so it can't engage in a battle to the death type duel with the Gingerdead Man. 

The Evil Bong is dependent on people smoking from the bong in order to inflict horror upon them. Whenever someone (or in this case, a Gingerdead Man) smokes from the bong, they are transported to an alternate universe. In the case of this film, The Gingerdead Man smokes from the Evil Bong in order to pursue a potential victim. The Gingerdead Man has no beef with the Evil Bong and vice versa. In fact, the Gingerdead Man is never in any kind of danger as a result of the Evil Bong. The main threat to the Gingerdead Man, comes in the form of a group of walking, taking pastries & deserts that have formed a tribunal of sorts in order to try the Gingerdead Man for his various misdeeds. 

Looking at the puppets, that form this tribunal, it's obvious that Charles Band still has a love for puppetry even after all these years. Before the film arrives at this climatic point though, most of the running time is spent on one vignette after another. Some of these vignettes consist of prolonged flashbacks recounting the events of the previous Evil Bong and Gingerdead Man films. Another vignette consists of three topless women ogling over the Gingerdead Man. And others consist of various stoner types getting high or getting the munchies. Somehow or another, some jabs at people who window shop without buying anything figure into the proceedings as well. Some of the humor is offensive and a bit too broad, but I laughed more often then not at the film's jokes. 

After awhile though, its rather apparent that these vignettes aren't going to amount to much of anything. They're a shapeless mass of various scenes patchworked together that fail to drive the film's narrative forward. Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong gets so overwhelmed with its own brand of humor, with the film's various puppets and of creating this world in which its character inhibit, that the actual story or the promised fight of the film's title feel more like an afterthought. [Not Rated] 84 mins.

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