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An early offering from the pair that brought you South Park and Orgazmo (and That's My Bush, also) that based on a story so steeped in Colorado legend that us Brits should be excused from knowing what the heck is going on.
For the uneducated, Alfred Packer was convicted as the first American cannibal sometime around 1899 and definitely, definitely ate those people maliciously. I know it for a fact.
In this adaptation of the story, Trey Parker is pretty liberal with the details of the case and writes some snappy tunes to go along with it. Mainly spoofing Oklahoma! the films chugs along with a good degree of laughs. Only a few intended laughs fall flat. The direction is pretty shoddy, and the continuity is damn near non-existant, but it was a film they made in college, so what the hell do you expect? Seriously.
Its clear watching the movie that these men are brimming with comedy potential which delivered in spades with South Park et al.
Buy it, watch it, get the soundtrack, build a snowman, eat your pals, repeat.
Trey Parker stars as Alfred Packer in this all singing all dancing true life account of Alfred packer. The story starts with Alfred Packer, he wants to go back to his home town of Breckonridge but when the leader of the party, Lucky Larry gets struck by lighting Alfred gets burdened with the job of leading a group of diggers to Breckonridge to find gold. The party is made up of Alfred and five others, Shannon Wilson Bell (Ian Hardin) who always looks on the bright side of life, Israel Swan (Jon Hegel) a religious but somewhat insane character, Frank Miller (Jason McHugh) a butcher who hates to sing, James Humphrey (Matt Stone) a chronic liar and lastly, George Noon (Dian Bachar) a sex starved teenager. The excursion starts out fine, the men have high moral and are optimistic about the journey that lies ahead. Soon the group meet a party of trappers who spot Alfred’s horse, Leanne. When Leanne disappears Alfred moral drops to a all time low so he takes his group in search of his horse, their search is uneventful and the men start to worry about their situation, and also about Alfred. The group soon stumble upon an Indian’s camp where they stay and meet the trappers again. Alfred then accuses the trappers of stealing Leanne and the trappers them leave with haste. Alfred then persuades the group to leave the camp as well, even though Indian chief ( Masao Maki) warns then not to. Soon the group get lost and al blame Alfred, They then run out of food and when Shannon Wilson Bell keeps sing a song about snowmen Swan loses it and shoots him in the head. With a new source of food the group start to have hope but this is soon lost when winter comes and they are stuck in the mountains, with only each other to keep them alive. When only Alfred arrives at Sawatch the townsfolk start to get suspicious and decide to find out what really happened to Alfred’s fellow miners. This film is a mixture o
f comedy and gore, intertwined with some very funny and catchy songs which include such titles as, it’s a Shpadoinkle day! and That’s all were asking for! The first scene (where Alfred is killing his party, quite brutally) is not for the faint hearted as it is full on and very gory, but also very funny. There are also some great characters which include the Cyclops with the pussy eye to the Indian Chief, named Indian Chief. Overall this is a great movie even thought it had a low budget and puts some of the Hollywood blockbusters to shame! It is a success to first time director Trey Parker as he managed to bring three different genres (comedy, horror and musical) together seamlessly. This is a must all as it has something for everybody!
Based on the true story of Canada's only convicted cannibal Alferd Packer, this film stars Trey Parker(South Park) as Alferd. He accidently gets himself into leading a group made up of himself and five other men from Utah to Colorado Territory to mine for gold. The set off expecting the trip to take no more than three weeks but it takes a little longer. On the way they meet a group of trappers who have their eye on Alferd's horse, and also best friend Leanne. One night Leanne disappears and the group start to get lost. The go off the trail after they are washed down a river. They meet some japenese indians, who believe they are indians because they have teepees. Alferd suspects that the trappers, who are also at the indian cmp have stolen her and when they leave Alferd leaves too dispite the warnings from the indian chief. They get more and more lost and run out of food. They think they have found salvation when they find a lamb but get chased away by a cyclops. They start to go insane and one member gets shot after he won't stop singing about snowmen. They are forced to eat him and Alferd is the only one who gets out alive. But did he really kill all those people in a rampage or did something else happen. This has to be one of my favourite films it stars Trey Parker and Matt Stone and is another example of how talented they are. The film is hilarious. From the encounter with the cyclops with his puss spewing eye to the trappers and miners arguing about sharp and flat notes. The opening is hilarious and is really gory so gore hounds will not be disappointed. Some of the humour may not be to everyones taste as they are some silly bits but I loved it. It is a must for any fans of South Park or Trey and Matts other films. The songs are catchy and funny as you can tell from the titles like Lets Build a Snowman and When I was on top of you(a song about Pakers horse). The plot is good and the jokes and laughs are hilarious. I would
recommend this film to anyone.
Alferd Packer was the only man in the United States ever convicted of cannibalism--what better hero for fellow Coloradan and future South Park creator Trey Parker to celebrate in music? Blue-eyed and boyish Parker was still in college when he wrote, directed, composed the songs for and took the starring role as the innocent young Packer in this film, giving a gee-whiz performance as an ambitious pioneer who joins an ill-fated trek west that ends up stranded in the mountains. At times resembling a perverse community theatre parody of Rodgers and Hammerstein ("My heart's as full as a baked po-ta-to!"), Parker bounces back and forth between cheery production numbers and goony songs ("Let's build a snowman", sings one starving-mad hiker) and grotesque gore (bloody body parts, festering sores, human hors d'oeuvres). It lacks in style and consistency and the juvenile gags and fart jokes wear thin over the course of a feature film, but Parker's sheer energy and inventiveness carry the overlong picture to a rousing conclusion. Regular Parker collaborators Matt Stone and Dian Bachar co-star in this tuneful barbecue. --Sean Axmaker