Four children, all but one of whom go unnamed, build a snowman which comes to life and threatens their town. Kenny, the only child whose name is given in the film, and who resembles the ... See full summary »
Young Johnny Smith, a new citizen of Japan, sets to protect his family from the never-ending series of monster attacks by enlisting the services of the somewhat-nice Megamonster, who lives on Monster Island.
Alfred Packer was a mountain guide and sole survivor of a party of pioneers that got lost in the mountains in winter. Accused and convicted of murdering and eating his travelling companions, he was to be executed by hanging.The movie begins at his trial, where he pleads his innocence to an unsympathetic audience. Only reporter Polly Pry will listen to his story, which is then related to the viewers in the form of flashbacks. As Packer and his gold-prospecting clients make their way through the forests and mountains, they encounter bemused Japanese Indians, an unimpressed group of mountain men and the brutal Rocky Mountain winter, all of which inspire the travellers to break out into song and dance. Written by
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Moira Kelly was slated to play the part of Polly Pry, but it was decided not to use her as it might damage serious Hollywood aspirations. Various versions of the movie credit 'M.K.' See more »
During the "Trapper Song", in music theory terms E-flat is the relative minor of F-sharp; however, it wouldn't be "spelled" that way. That would be called D-sharp minor. See more »
The film you are about to see was originally released in 1954. Upstaged by the overwhelming popularity of "Oklahoma!", it's short lived theater run was canceled, and "Alfred Packer: The Musical" soon fell into obscurity. The original negative, re-discovered just last year, has been painstakingly restored using state-of-the-art color enhancing and computer reconstruction technology. The film's violent scenes have been edited out for your viewing pleasure.
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(At the end of the closing credits) Due to the graphic nature of this film, it should not have been watched by small children. See more »
"We can make him tall, or we can make him not so tall, SNOWMAN!!"
after the whole South Park phenomenon, i became aware of this film after Troma Team Video picked up the rights for the video release of this, the first film by the crazed duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
the plot involves the somewhat true incidents that led to Alfred Packer being the first person ever convicted of cannibalism in the U.S.
the filmmakers serve up this premise as a demented musical/comedy/horror movie that is so stupid it's hilarious. the best part is that it was intentionally made this way.
the songs deserve special mention as being well written and performed (especially Frenchy's song "I'm a trapping man" being my personal favorite) and are definitely a precursor to the songs that appeared in the South Park movie. the level of gore in this movie is pretty high as well.
if you enjoy well done b-movies, than this movie will quickly earn a place on your top ten B-list. if you have a tough time enjoying movies on a so-stupid-they're-great level, than staying away from this may be a good idea.
and try to quit humming the "Snowman" song long after you watch this, it's impossible...
rating:8 (on a B-movie scale)
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