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Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
Cannibal! The Musical
All Singing! All Dancing! All Flesh Eating!
Heading through Colorado Territory in search of gold and women, Alferd Packer and his group of bemused companions find themselves lost, starving and musically inspired by the obstacles they confront along the way, including a die-hard Confederate cyclops, a trio of surly trappers, a tribe of Japanese-speaking "Indians," and ultimately, each other.
I never knew that the two South Park guys got their start with a Troma production. After Lloyd Kaufman saw their fake trailer he gave them some cash to make the film. Much like he did with my heroes Astron-6 with their Father's Day. We won't talk about what happened after there.
Though clearly still honing their comedy craft, this is a weirdly delightful ball of oddness. A couple of jaunty little numbers enliven a frankly ludicrous plot, but I can't deny I didn't laugh and it wasn't fun. More than just a curio piece reserved just for existing fans.
For being over twenty years old now, Cannibal! The Musical still packs a nice comedic (and musical) punch. The movie is capable in both its ability to adhere to the rules of cinematic musicals while deftly making fun of itself and the genre at large.
Catching this one again makes me hope for a movie-version of the filmmakers' highly-successful The Book of Mormon.
humble beginnings! Troma kicked off one hell of a career with this one. In retaliation to Sundance Film Festival's bureaucratic system of screening indepedent cinema, Lloyd Kaufman created the Tromadance Film Festival in order to counteract the submission traffic and odds of receiving an audience. Of course, the Slamdance Film Fest is more known for this, but even they have ridiculously high standards that most cannot meet, therefore, Troma stands alone in many ways(especially in the form of charging zero submission nor admission fees). The first annual event hosted many flavorful films, but Cannibal! The Musical stood tallest amongst them. Directed by Trey Parker and Written in part by his close associate Matt Stone, Cannibal! is/was a musical unlike no…
This movie is silly.
Just like any time I watch this, the songs will now be stuck in my head for days. Been singing the Trapper Song all morning. "Fudge, Packer?"
In spite of some of the not-so-nice things I've heard about working with him on-set, I still think it has to be said, God (or Satan?) bless Lloyd Kaufman. His production company Troma made way for the careers of several now-successful writers, directors, and actors alike; in the case of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, he saw a fake trailer by a couple of film students and decided to throw enough money their way for them to fund a little low-budget feature called Cannibal! The Musical. This was before the duo went on to create one of the most popular animated television programs of all time, South Park, and it's truly kind of fascinating getting to see where it all…
I first discovered Cannibal! The Musical in high school and proceeded to show it to all my friends, and it became a big part of our in-joke repertoire. Ten years later I still think it's an absolute gem. This movie has it all: American history, cheery musical numbers, cannibalism, insightful baked potato metaphors, hideous fake beards, and a touching love story between a man and his horse. Shoestring budget aside, this is actually a surprisingly competent movie, with plenty of (intentionally) laugh-out-loud moments, a good cast of characters, and songs that are genuinely catchy. I want to emphasize the last point, because in my experience these horror-comedy-musical hybrids tend to drop the ball on the musical part. Not this one.…
A hilarious early musical from Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Look for a cameo from avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage. Expires from Hulu in 5 days.
As with many comedies, this film may be found offensive. Fortunately, there is a content warning in the film. The music was often lively and the editing was well done - for effect. Even in fairly recent history people have been known to show up in large numbers to watch executions (such as in the soccer stands in Kabul).
This movie is silly.
Not only is it hilarious, but the songs are wonderful.
Everybody has to start somewhere. But, very few college beginnings are so impactful they comment on movies 23 years in the future.
Cannibal: The Musical is the direct predecessor to 2015's The Revenant, both being about murder and the cruel nature of winter in the Northwestern mountains. The references in Cannibal show just how stock The Revenant truly is.
Both Alfred Packer and Hugh Glass are guides leading a troupe of Americans through the mountains. Packer brings along his horse, Leanne (a trapper horse), and Glass has his son, Hawk (a half-Native American human). Both aren't very good at their job, getting lost within the first act. Because they're both awful at guiding, they create natural enemies within the party…
You lookin' at my eye!
~~my heart's as full as a baked potato~~
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Excluding these because they are not in Letterboxd's library:
My Man (1928) The Battle of Paris (1929)
Footlights and Fools…
Horror Western List! I figured I should make a Horror Western List. I always enjoy them, and they are inclusive…