Bite-sized History

Posted on May 24, 2017 By

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.

Next: Why cannibalism and board games are two great tastes that taste great together!


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  1. Chris says:

    The food court at CU is named after Alferd Packer and there is a bust of him overlooking the dining area.

    • darrell says:

      I’ve heard rumors of such things. I feel like I should stop in and take a selfie or something. 🙂

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