Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
"Alferd Packer: The Musical" (original title)

R  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Musical  |  30 August 1996 (USA)
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The sole survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition tells how his taste for gold was replaced by that of human flesh.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Noon
Stephen Blackpool ...
Black Cat
Stan Brakhage ...
Noon's Father
Dan Brother ...
Guard #2
Duster ...
Brad Gordon ...
Ian Hardin ...
Shannon Bell
Dave Hardin ...
Edward Henwood ...
O.D. Loutzenheiser / The Cyclops
Jon Hegel ...
Isreal Swan
Andrew Kemler ...
Preston Nutter
Steve Jackson ...
Sheriff of Lake City
Jessica James Kelly ...
Tiny Tim / Baby Packer
M.K. ...
'The Dropout' (credit only)
Martin Leeper ...
Sheriff of Saguache (as Marty Leeper)


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 Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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In the tradition of Friday the 13th Part 2... and Oklahoma comes the first intelligent movie about cannibalism! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for comic gore/violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Cannibal! The Musical  »

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Box Office


$125,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


This film was released by Troma in 1996 but it was actually filmed in 1993 while Trey Parker was attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. Contrary to popular belief, Parker was not expelled due to missing class while making the movie, and went on to graduate. See more »


Frenchy Cabazon states that his song about life as a trapper is in F-sharp major. The song is actually sung in F minor, with one section in A-flat minor. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: 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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Crazy Credits

(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 »


Spoofs Friday the 13th (1980) See more »


When I Was On Top Of You
Music & Lyrics by Trey Parker
Produced and arranged by Rich Sanders
Performed by Trey Parker
Also performed by Toddy Walters
© 1993 by The Avenging Conscience, Inc.
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User Reviews

"We can make him tall, or we can make him not so tall, SNOWMAN!!"
10 January 2000 | by (roanoke, va) – See all my reviews

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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