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Cannibal! The Musical (Alferd Packer: The Musical) (1996)




Critic Consensus: If you're only going to watch one black comedy about a real-life explorer whose fellow travelers ended up eaten, make it Cannibal! The Musical.

Movie Info

Set in 1873, this musical focuses on Alfred Packer who is accused of cannibalizing members of his West-traveling party. Japanese people pretend to be Indians, a cyclops's eye spurts pus, and Alfred has a kung-fu fight with a fur trapper named Frenchy in this surprisingly funny parody.

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Juan Schwartz
as Alfred Packer
Ian Hardin
as Shannon Bell
Matt Stone
as James Humphries
Jason McHugh
as Frank Miller
Trey Parker
as Alferd Packer
Jon Hegel
as Israel Swan
Dian Bachar
as George Noon
Toddy Walters
as Polly Pry
Andrew W. Kemler
as Preston Nutter
Robert Muratore
as Frenchy Cabazon
Andrew W. Kemler
as Preston Nutter
Ted Henwood
as O.D. Loutzenheiser/The Cyclops
Edward Henwood
as The Cyclops
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Critic Reviews for Cannibal! The Musical (Alferd Packer: The Musical)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (1)

It's all pretty stupid, but at times, there are refreshingly ludicrous notes that even people old enough to see this movie without a guardian can appreciate.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

As a movie, it's good, but not great.

October 8, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

It has its longeurs but there's an air of genial enthusiasm, tempered by sick humour, that is surprisingly engaging.

October 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Scattershot, unfocused, and simply not all that funny.

April 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

We are talking about one sweet movie over here.

August 12, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4

Best enjoyed on DVD, as the alcohol-fueled commentary track might just be the best one ever recorded.

April 15, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Cannibal! The Musical (Alferd Packer: The Musical)


From a very young collaboration between pre-famous Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Cannibal is the most amateur venture I have seen of them so far. This is the best indicator of their future success with the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon, and involved little to no South Park voices, which crop up in their later film, BASEketball. Still, though the graphics are student film project specific, and the sound is echoey in the best of circumstances, I thoroughly enjoyed the irregularity of the humor, and the open gross out makeup, including axes in the face, limbs being eaten, and frost bitten appendages. For a student film (Parker worked on this during his time at the University of Colorado) it's really professionally cast, the effects aren't altogether sloppy, and the plot, though sporadic near the end, actually has a resounding action, and is historically accurate though stretched to involve dark comedy. The songs themselves are for the most part really catchy. The title theme is a lampoon of Oklahoma's "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and the score weaves throughout, though there is a hint of synth leftover from the eighties. My personal favorite was "Let's Build a Snowman" which you can watch on Youtube without ruining the rest of the movie for yourself, and is probably the singular most hilarious part. Very kooky, and not anything you could expect, sit back, build a snowman, and enjoy.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


........ Genius.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer


Occasionaly hilarious specially in its ending but nothing memorable really, A disappointment since my expectations were too high

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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