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This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Maybe I was just
in the right mood to watch it, but I found it's casual randomness and
altogether ridiculous feel to be more than funny. I do agree that the
sets were cheesy, as well as the effects. But it was truly the
Shpdoinkle movie of the year. More than once did I burst out with
hysterical laughter. I would deem it better than basketball and
Orgasmo, and equally the hilarity of Bigger, Longer and Uncut. Love
this movie. "That's all I'm asking for!"
Needless to say, after watching it and writing this comment, I am going to go build a 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)
Cannibal! The Musical is now a small cult classic thanks to DVD. It
deserves more because this is simply a great movie, with songs that will
leave you laughing for days and some great pop-culture references. Oh yeah,
and Japanese Indians. And Confederate solider Cyclopses.
I actually read about the real Alfred Packer on the internet and believe it or not, the movie stays true to what happened. Scary, huh?
Historical background aside, the one-liners and musical numbers (`Let's Build a Snowman' is unbelievably funny) are a good reason to get this movie. If you have a DVD player, get the DVD and listen to the cast/crew's drunk commentary. It's not very informative but it sure is fun. Grade: A.
Rated R for graphic comic violence/gore and strong language. Suggested for ages 14 and up.
I didn't expect for ALFERD PACKER: THE MUSICAL to be that good since Troma
movies are usually pretty bad. Boy, was I wrong. The movie was way better
than the anything I had seen in a while. Featuring some of the most
outrageous, crude, and funniest scenes in history, ALFERD PACKER: THE
MUSICAL is the perfect independent film.
Made in 1993 by Trey Parker while he was still in college, the movie tells the story of Alferd Packer, Colorado's only convicted cannibal. Packer is played brilliantly by Trey Parker in what is his funniest performance to date. The guy is a genius. From ALFERD PACKER: THE MUSICAL to ORGAZMO to SOUTH PARK: BIGGER LONGER & UNCUT, Parker has proved to be one of America's most underrated comedy directors.
This film shows that if you have energy, love and the want to do something, it can become something great. Even with only a little money. This feels as much like a Troma movie as it is a Trey Parker movie. Anyway, I would assume Parker has watched Troma movies, who wouldn't? What would be better to, say, a child growing up? And of course to us "adults" also. OK, the film is really hilarious. Acting, cutting, photography, script, MUSIC!, everything. It's perfect. There isn't many boring moments in this film. Parker's Packer is a quite funny character, just as every other character here also. I'm not very enthusiastic of Parker's other work, not that I would hate them either, they just don't mean nothing to me. But here he does good job, and has his film distributed by one of the world's greatest production companies.
While my statement could be provided because it is a comedy about a
cannibal, I think the film is as strange as it is because it's a
comedy/musical about a cannibal. I bet that if the South Park movie
didn't have songs it wouldn't make much of a difference of it's
greatness (despite them being classics), but in Cannibal, the songs
make this film even funnier and turn it from being a lame film about a
cannibal into a surprisingly funny if really dumb comedy.
Anyway, Trey Parker's first feature film is presented here and while Matt Stone isn't writing he is a co-producer along with Parker. The film focuses on the only cannibal convicted in America named Alfred Packer. It could've become an equally boring and gruesome film about the scarcely known guy, but it is actually lame for the right reasons by having songs at exactly the wrong time (where else are you going to see frontiersmen sing about dead animals and then argue about being in the wrong key). Not the greatest musical or comedy for that matter, however it is a keen, if ludicrous, freshman effort by the guys who would later go on to make a masterpiece with the South Park show and movie.
"Cannibal! The Musical" is a perfect example as to why Trey Parker is
one of the most talented comedy writers of our time. Made in 1993,
whilst still in college, Trey wrote this movie based upon the true
story of Alfred Packer - or at least, this is what Packer said happened
(minus the songs.....maybe). Working with longtime producing partner
Matt Stone, the movie was made with a bunch of college friends and
professors for a next-to-nothing budget. Ironically, despite casting
his professors, Trey was kicked out of college for spending too much
time on the movie.
But this movie was well worth the honored title of "College Drop-out". The laughs are thick and fast and the songs are pure Parker - funny, catchy and damn right genius. Although the movie can slow down in some parts, the jokes and songs quickly let you forget that. "Cannibal!" is a prime example of what every college movie should be, but never is. But if you truly wish to enjoy this film, buy the DVD, watch it with Director's Commentary and get drunk along with Trey, Matt, Dean and the rest of the cast.
"The sky was a lot more blue...when I was on top of you...." Need I say more?
This is not just a film shot over spring break by a bunch of film students... Well, maybe that did happen , but it was a work of art like no other. It's the best musical I have and probably ever will see. The songs are extremely catchy and stick in your head for days of enjoyment. It is also great because deep down this is a real story about real happenings and a real person. Of course we are not made to believe that everything in history transpired the way it did on the film. However, I think they did it justice. I watched a T.V. documentary on Alfred Packer and Cannibal was much more entertaining. A must see. A must own. An easy 10 !
Yes, I have to say it, I am a South Park fan. I watch the show
religiously, and that is the reason why I watched this brilliantly
entertaining film. That's probably the only reason anyone ever watches
it. This film is one that you either love or hate, and I can't imagine
anything in between. It's wildly uneven, poorly paced, poorly acted,
and has rather bad sound quality at times. And I love it for all those
reasons. It's simply a student project that Trey Parker and his buddies
put together over one spring break, and with such a small budget, and
limited film-making skills, they created something brilliant, and
Alfred Packer (Trey Parker) is a lonely miner who seems to be in love with his horse, Leanne, and has recently been put on trial for murdering his mining crew and eating them. He tells the real story to a reporter named Polly, and it goes like this. One shpadoinkle morning, he is chosen as a replacement guide for a gold mining expedition to Colorado, though he doesn't exactly know the way. With his five crew members, he sets off on the journey. Of course, when his horse runs away, he ends up leading his crew on an agonizing search in the wrong direction, which leads them into the cold, snowy mountains, becoming hopelessly lost. As they fight to survive, they soon realize that they may need to resort to eating each other...
This movie is a hysterical comedy with many big laughs, but I personally think it works better as a musical. A real challenge with this movie is to see it, and then try and get the songs out of your head. The music is so catchy, and if the film was really popular, I wouldn't have to constantly explain to the people around me what I'm whistling/humming. Sometimes, I leave my iPod playlist of the movie's songs running all night as I sleep, as they provide me comfort. Most people won't love the music that much, but you can't say the music isn't wonderfully catchy. "Shpadoinkle Day," That's All I'm Asking For," and Let's Build A Snowman" are my favorites, though I love them all. The first former and the latter would be considered classics if the film had a wide release.
Now, the main problem with the film that most people have is the pacing, which is extremely slow. The thing is, is that Trey Parker had little knowledge of making a film, and with a tiny budget, the film is of poor quality. The acting, sound, and agreeably the pacing, are all bad. But the film's bad quality is one of it's charms. Much of the humor is unintentional, due to some of the funniest, and most obvious errors ever put on film. They are easy to spot if you pay attention, and don't let the pacing get you down. By the way, if you don't like it the first time, try it again with the hilarious, and helpful directors commentary on the DVD in which Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and the rest of the main cast get drunk and watch the film. They point out many things that you probably couldn't care less about the first time, and their insight makes it really funny (not to mention, it helps the pace quite a bit
Cannibal! The Musical is one of my favorite comedies, and everyone should give it a try. It gets an 8/10 in my book.
It is rated R for Comic Gore/Violence and some Language. Sex: 3/10 Violence: 9/10 Swearing: 6/10 Drugs: 1/10
I enjoyed CANNIBAL because I didn't look at it as Trey Parker and Matt Stone's first collaboration. I looked at it as a Troma Film. And as a Troma Film, it's pretty damn good. It has some relatively good cinematography, and some truly wonderful songs sung mostly by terrible, terrible singers (Parker and Toddy Walters are the only ones who can actually sing). The film does, admittedly, drag a bit in parts, and none of the polish and satirical edge that Stone and Parker have showed on their later films manage to work it's way into the script. Just remember that they did this while still in college, and for a group of penniless film students this isn't so bad.
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