Cannibalizing Hannibal Lecter once again

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What’s with the obsession to pick classic horror film villains and disgrace their character with exhaustive sequels?

I just read an article on Imdb about a successful American Tv series, an HBO production,  about the life of Hannibal Lecter. Quoting the plot description on the website, “Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

Seriously? Why go there? Why should a movie fan want to know about Hannibal Lecter’s first steps as a serial killer?! I asked myself the exact same question after I watched the latest Hannibal Lecter movie, “Hannibal Rising”. This film, released in 2007, was about the early life of the cannibal psychiatrist. His troubled childhood when he witnessed the murder of his little sister, his teenage years up to his student life as a medical student. What this particular film disturbingly did, was to explain why one of the most notorious villains in the film history was indeed so mean. It tried to gain the viewers’ sympathy for poor little Hannibal who suffered so much, who eventually snapped.I can’t really comprehend why someone would unintentionally destroy all the reputation Anthony Hopkins so exquisitely built with his amazing performance as the original Hannibal Lecter.

I still can’t get the image of his sinister grin out of my mind. His crooked smile as he stared at the FBI Agent Clarice Starling (played by Jodie Foster and Julian Moore) who visited him in his prison cell.

But the latest Hannibal? Who is this guy? And furthermore, who is the TV-series-guy who dares to invite us to watch a number of seasons in order to finally figure out why Hannibal Lecter is…a cannibal?

I couldn’t care less. I enjoyed the schizophrenic cannibal without needing further explanation and answers; with his calm face and the devilish look. Anthony Hopkins will always be my number one psycho-film-persona.

Image taken from Imdb

2 Responses to “Cannibalizing Hannibal Lecter once again”
  1. dorainlondon says:

    Apparently, it’s the same thing that happened to Sleepy Hollow! Let’s hope that the TV series won’t mess completely with the plot…


  2. Money money money. I don’t think HBO really care about the movie fans, the ones who really love the characters. They just see a market and go for it!


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