It was over a decade ago when one of my friends asked, “Hey, man! Have you seen the movie Cannibal! the Musical?”
I hadn’t. I hadn’t even heard of it.
He handed me a DVD.
“I think you’ll like it,” he said. Turns out he was right.
For the uninitiated, Cannibal! the Musical is a musical comedy retelling the actual, historical tale of an ill-fated trip over the Rocky Mountains in 1874 that ended in death and (you guessed it!) cannibalism. It’s a low-budget film from a pair of filmmakers who went on to do other, more famous things.
Cannibal! remained a cult favorite among my friends. But it wasn’t until I learned I was going to move to Colorado (where much of the story is set) that I dug into the history of the incident. Because there was only one survivor (Alfred Packer, the eponymous cannibal) and his story kept changing, it was a mystery with no clear answers…
…But a lot of potential for a really cool game.
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