Cannibal! The Musical (Alferd Packer: The Musical)

Critics 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.



Total Count: 19


Audience Score

User Ratings: 21,008
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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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • As a movie, it's good, but not great.

    Oct 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.

    Oct 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Scattershot, unfocused, and simply not all that funny.

    Apr 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • We are talking about one sweet movie over here.

    Aug 12, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Best enjoyed on DVD, as the alcohol-fueled commentary track might just be the best one ever recorded.

    Apr 15, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

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

  • Mar 06, 2015
    At the end of this, I'm going to use the word "Recommend". Now take that with a grain of salt, because I can't see the world at large finding Cannibal! The Musical very appealing. But I'm a fan, and recently I was surprised to find that basically everyone I know digs it, so maybe it's the right word after all.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2013
    When "South Park"'s Trey Parker turns a true story about cannibalism into a musical, it's bound to be funny. Alfred Packer (Parker, unrecognizable beyond his wide, innocent eyes) incompetently leads an 1873 expedition through the Rocky Mountains, and desperate hunger leads to chomping on some fallen comrades. The inserted songs show Parker's legitimate musical talents (long obvious to "South Park" watchers), and there are odd random elements such as a disgusting cyclops, an undersized guy who's keen to get laid and a tribe of Japanese people presented as "Indians." The film has no budget (the synthetic musical arrangements are home-studio tacky, and much of the action seems like a band of actors wandering around the same patch of snowy terrain), but Parker's wit saves the day. Predictably, the gore is too cartoonish to be truly disturbing, so tender viewers need not be afraid.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2013
    Co-creator of South Park, did an absolute crap job at directing the comedy musical, Cannibal! The Musical. This movie was nowhere near as interesting as the title would imply. It dragged for almost the whole film, I'm not even saying cut it down, just don't make it. There were exactly two moments I got kick out of, other than that I was drenched out. With the fake mustaches and stupid ending, it felt like a middle school play.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2012
    Creators of 'South Park', Trey Parker and Matt Stone give us a hilarious low budget musical masterpiece. Sometimes it seems the only reason Trey and Matt make movies or television shows are for Trey to show off his dynamic musical and singing affinity. Full of songs that will stick in your head for weeks and keep a smile on your face, this is not a movie that can be easily described to a friend, rather it has to be seen to be believed. If you appreciate the humor of Trey Parker and Matt Stone in their other ventures, this is a sure fire winner for you.
    Jarryd R Super Reviewer

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