One of the scariest villains ever to grace a movie screen has to be Hannibal Lecter. Played by Brian Cox and Sir Anthony Hopkins, his intelligence and penchant for human flesh makes him creepier than say Jason or Chucky. This is a man that if he has you in his sights you are as good as his dinner. Though the quality of the films varies the scariness factor never does.
Director: Michael Mann
Brian Cox (Running With Scissors, Zodiac) was the original Hannibal Leckter (spelled differently in this film) in the first film in the series. Imprisoned in an all-white cell, Lekctor is all about creepy.
FBI Agent Will Graham (William Peterson – ) has retired from the agency after almost being killed by serial killer Hannibal Leckter. But he is talked back onto the force in order to help capture a serial killer dubbed the Tooth Fairy, who is wiping out entire families in different parts of the United States. Now Agent Graham has to go deep inside the head of Hannibal, who he had put in jail, in order to help capture the killer.
Silence of the Lambs
Director: Jonathan Demme
A psychopathic serial killer is named Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine – Memoirs of a Geisha, Ali) is murdering young women in the Midwest area of the United States. FBI Agent Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn – Freedom Writers, The Shipping News) has assigned Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster – Taxi Driver, The Accused) to the case and she believes that the best way to catch this guy is to confer with jailed serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins – Bobby, Nixon).
Dr. Lecter was a psychiatrist turned serial killer who cannibalized his victims. The man is incredibly bright and only agrees to help Clarice if she tells him intimate details about her life. Hesitant at first, Clarice agrees realizing that Lecter is her best chance to get into the mind of a serial killer and capture Buffalo Bill.
As they become more involved Clarice begins to go over painful events in her life and learns much about herself in the process. She realizes that she has repressed much of her own pain and her life is ruled by these demons. The clock is ticking as Clarice has to gain Lecter's trust and gather all of his insights into something cogent before Buffalo Bill kills again.
Director: Ridley Scott
Justifiably this film's hype has been focussed o¬n Hannibal, the gruesome sequel to Silence of The Lambs and Manhunter. Resurrecting his Academy Award winning performance, Anthony Hopkins is o¬nce again cast as the sophisticated yet psychopathic killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Julianne Moore has replaced Jodie Foster this time around in the role of FBI agent Clarice Starling. Ray Liotta (detective Paul Krenndler) also adds credibility to this bone chilling thriller.
The story continues from where it left off almost a decade ago when Dr. Lecter escaped the maximum security penal complex. In Hannibal, Dr. Lecter is now o¬n the lamb and posing as a well-to-do scholarly curator in Florence Italy. Of course Dr. Lecter's penchant for killing has not dissipated and it isn't long before we witness the first of many terrifying killings and mutilations.
Don't expect an exact carbon copy of the original thriller. This time around the scenes are more gruesome, leaving little to the imagination. My eyes were glued to the screen throughout this wonderfully macabre film but please be advised that this thriller / drama contains very realistic and violent scenes (not for the faint of heart).