“Believe me, you don’t want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.” With the recent release of Hannibal on 4K UHD and last year’s Criterion re-release of The Silence of the Lambs, it seemed like a good reason to finally revisit another influential and iconic movie franchise. We start with a discussion of Michael Mann’s Manhunter before moving into the Anthony Hopkins trilogy and try to understand what makes Hannibal Lecter such a compelling character over 30 years after his on-screen debut. Discussion topics include the stylistic touches that each director brought to the franchise, the memorable scores and musical choices, the casting, the evolution of serial killer movies, and two similar yet distinctly different approaches to the same story with Manhunter and Red Dragon. Is Manhunter an underappreciated classic or is it all style and no substance? Is Ed Norton secretly to blame for some of Red Dragon‘s shortcomings? Is Hannibal Lecter the greatest movie villain of all time? And more importantly, how did he get a hold of that pen? Put the lotion in the basket and download this month’s premium podcast below.
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