Watch Cannibal: The Musical–The First Movie & Musical by Trey Parker, Creator of South Park and The Book of Mormon

In 1993, Trey Park­er direct­ed, wrote, and co-scored a black com­e­dy musi­cal film, Can­ni­bal! The Musi­cal, while study­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Col­orado at Boul­der. The film is loose­ly based on the true sto­ry of Alferd Pack­er, the only per­son con­vict­ed of can­ni­bal­ism in Amer­i­ca. Here’s how Tro­ma Enter­tain­ment, which has made the film freely avail­able on its YouTube chan­nel, describes the plot:

The sole sur­vivor of an ill-fat­ed trip to the Col­orado Ter­ri­to­ry, Pack­er tells his side of the har­row­ing tale to news reporter Pol­ly Prye as he awaits his exe­cu­tion.  And his sto­ry goes like this: While search­ing for gold and love in the Col­orado Ter­ri­to­ry, he and his com­pan­ions lost their way and resort­ed to unthink­able hor­rors, includ­ing toe-tap­ping songs! Pack­er and his five wacky min­ing bud­dies sing and dance their ways into your heart…and then take a bite out of it!

Although released more than 20 years ago, Can­ni­bal! The Musi­cal now lives on — not just as a film, but also as a musi­cal. Just this past year, it was staged as a the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion in Toron­to. Park­er’s oth­er lit­tle musi­cal, The Book of Mor­mon, the win­ner of 9 Tony Awards, can be seen on Broad­way.

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  • dave says:

    This film is a clas­sic. It took me sev­er­al attempts to watch it all the way through with­out falling asleep but the pay­off was evi­dent when I suc­ceed­ed. The music is infec­tious and there are a cou­ple of mem­o­rable lines. And Stan Brakhage. My wife and I went to Col­orado Ter­ri­to­ry for our hon­ey­moon and saw some of the cool sites. We even found Alferd Pack­er’s grave. The direc­tor’s com­men­tary on the DVD is not to be missed.

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