Category Archives: Musicals

Lo

No, this isn’t the story of Lo Bosworth.  This is much more interesting than that and there’s a lesson learned here that’s one of the most important ones to remember.  What is it, you ask?  That demons have problems too, man, and when they do, they’re going to sing and dance to work them out just like the rest of us.  Admit it, we all have those moments where things aren’t going quite right and in a fit of frustration we break into song.  Don’t lie, you know you do it too.  It’s alright, no one’s judging.

Demons and musicals aren’t an uncommon phenomenon.  Just check out “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “Angel” if you don’t believe me.  (And Mr. Joss Whedon, if you are by some chance reading this, I just want to mention that I think you’re bloody brilliant and if I could work for you some day, it would be quite possibly the most wonderful day of my life.  I can even just go pick up your dry cleaning or something.  Anything.  Just call me.  Okay??)  Ahem….sorry about that.  So demons and musicals aren’t as uncommon as one might think but the demons in Lo take things a step further.  They have theatricality.  Literally.  The entire movie is staged as if the audience is merely sitting in a theatre watching a live show with certain light sequences reminiscent of the lighting in “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”.  Random fact that makes me geek out, is that the writer and director created this after watching Jan Svankmajer’s “Faust” (and I am a HUGE Svankmajer fan, I adore him!). Not only is there song and dance but there’s comedy (sometimes of the absurd and sometimes of the Three Stooges variety) and there’s drama, sweeping drama in the heartbreak of a young man who’s lover has been kidnapped by demons.  What you thought this one was all about the demons?  Puh-lease.

Demon conjuring has never been more fun!

The moral of the story here is very clear.  When in doubt, when in pain, summon some demons to put on a show.  Might cheer you up or they might kill you but either way you’ll be in a better place than before!

Cannibal! The Musical

Fan of South Park?  Fan of Troma?  Then boy, have I got just the thing for you! Cannibal the Musical was created in 1993 by a guy you might’ve heard of, Trey Parker, and produced by his friend Matt Stone and released by Troma, god bless them, in 1996.  The combination of Parker, Stone and Kaufman in one movie was almost too much for this girl to handle…

Originally created as a three minute trailer for a student film class, there was such notice taken that Parker and Stone raised 125k to film this masterpiece.  So sit back and enjoy the story of Alfred Packer who is leading a group of men into Colorado territory to find gold.

Right, guys! It’s time to sing!

This is the story of how Packer and his group battle their way across the snow drenched mountains into Colorado…how they run across an evil trio of trappers who cause them a whole mess a trouble, from stealing Packer’s horse to singing off key about the life of a trapper…this is a story of what happens when this group runs out of food and must resort to cannibalism.

This movie has a little bit of everything – violence, musical numbers,  Japanese speaking Native Americans and in the background of one scene, if you listen closely, you’ll hear Cartman singing a little ditty.  Pure awesomeness.  True, the majority of the acting here isn’t going to win any awards (except maybe a Razzie) and the Wild West and cannibalism might not be your thing (although the cannibalism really is quite light) but this movie is just too fun to not watch.  Plus it’s all done with a song and a dance making this my second favorite Troma film after “Tromeo & Juliet”.

Shpadoinkle!