We’re joined by frequent guest and friend of the show Kate Kulzick, contributor to The AV Club and PopOptiq, and host of our favorite Hannibal podcast This is Our Design and wide ranging TV podcast The Televerse to discuss Ridley Scott’s 2001 film Hannibal, the final film in the Anthony Hopkins Lecter trilogy. We all agree that the film is severely flawed, but quite brilliant and beautiful at times. We also get to compare the Florence section of Hannibal Season 3 with the Pazzi storyline in this film.
After the decent Manhunter and the unacceptably mediocre Red Dragon, we tackle Silence of the Lambs, and are quick to point out that we all adore this film. It’s one of the greatest horror movies, and certainly the greatest serial killer film of all time. With such pedigree we find it difficult not to wax extensively, and we do so, for nearly four hours. Tonight’s episode can be used to gird ourselves for the inevitable disappointment of latter-day Hannibal Lecter with Hannibal Rising.
We begin the Anthony Hopkins Lecter Trilogy with arguably the worst of the three of them, Red Dragon, an ill advised eleven years later prequel that finds us with an incredibly uninteresting Will Graham in Edward Norton, serviceable at best Dolarhyde and Reba (Ralph Fiennes & Emily Watson), but a more restrained performance from Anthony Hopkins, and a great schlubby performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman as Freddy Lounds. Not going to lie, we’re not very positive about this film.