I don't think that many people will unknowingly rent or purchase Cannibal: The Musical and not know what they are in for. The DVD is put out by Troma films and comes from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creative force behind South Park. There are however, a few surprises...the film is not nearly as gory as one might expect from Troma films or a movie about cannibalism, and sadly, it is not as funny as often as we have come to expect from Parker and Stone.
The film, actually based on a true story follows Alfred Packer and a group of miners as they soujourn from Utah to Breckinridge, Colorado to find gold and find disaster along the way, oh, and intermittenly breaking into song. The songs are of the 1950's musical style and are intentionally bad, but do have the unfortunate habit of getting stuck in the viewers head. The songs are not themselves funny, but the character's just breaking into ridiculous songs can be. The film was made seven years ago and represents Stone and Parker's early work done during spring break from school. The production values are quite good for such a product, and fans of South Park are treated to what may be the genesis of a few elements of the show. I swear Cartman's voice can be heard in one scene, and Stone's character often embodies certain character traits of Kyle from South Park. Also, the origin of the bit of music played in the Braniff ad at the end of each South Park episode is revealed in the first song of the film.
This film is not hilariously funny. It is entertaining and a lot of fun to watch, particularly if you are a fan of Trey and Matt and have been warned to lower your expectations for this film. There are a good number of laughs in the film, which are more fully brought out in the filmmaker's drunken commentary (see below).
In addition to the filmmakers' drunken commentary, there are 5 behind-the-scenes looks at the filming of a scene from the movie, two trailers for the film, a separate interview with Matt and Trey and one of their cohorts, footage of the film's songs being performed live on stage, and menus allowing for quick access to everything...and then we get to the Troma Films stuff. While the film has only a few scenes of violence, there is enough sex, nudity and violence in the Troma films extras included on this DVD to even make someone like Joe Bob Briggs happy. There are trailers for Killer Condom ("the rubber that rubs you out"), Citizen Toxie, Terror Firmer, and a steamy trailer for The Rowdy Girls starring B-movie queen Shannon Tweed and Julie Strain. There is a troma films trivia game where right answers are rewarded by gratuitous nudity and wrong answers are punished by scenes of graphic violence, there is a public service announcement for hampsters, one for hermaphrodites (starring Trey and Matt), a Tour of the Troma Studios with an interactive menu allowing access to all the rooms and...you guessed it...even more violence and nudity...including chickens having sex. There's a short compilation of the most extreme scenes from many Troma films called "The Brand New Soul of Troma", there are ads for the new book by Troma Guru Lloyd Kaufman entitled "Everything I needed to know I learned from the toxic avenger" and for the troma web site (http://www.tromaville.com).