In the winter of 1874 pioneer explorer Alfred Packer leads a group of prospectors into the Colorado Rockies in search of gold. He was to return alone and months later the mutilated, partially eaten bodies of his companions were found near Lake Fort Gunnison. Packer claimed it was another member of the party that was responsible for the deaths and that he only resorted to cannibalism as a means of survival in the unusually harsh winter conditions. Alfred Packer was the only man in American History ever to have been convicted of cannibalism.
Colourful black humour
- Cannibal! The Musical review by JB
A fun feature-length student film, this is almost up there with the other student-made cult classic, Dark Star, despite the madcap editing and acting which just adds to its charm. Expect juvenile humour, non-sequiturs, one-liners, fake beards, and happy bursts of song in the most unlikely places, such as when faced with starvation while lost in the Colorado mountains. Thankfully the cannibalism is somewhat incidental, about two thirds of the way through the film. This is not a cannibal film (the original title was Alferd Packer: The Musical) but based on the true story of an ill-fated group of gold prospectors in the winter of 1873, which adds to the interest. The final big song and dance number, a la Oklahoma!, takes place below the gallows from which our hero is due to hang. Unless there's a last-minute reprieve.