July 30, 2016
A delicious 'Hannibal' When the trailer for Marvel's Doctor Stranger hit San Diego Comic Con last week, most people squealed at the sight of Benedict Cumberbatch as the superhero sorcerer. But we were much more excited to see the bad guy. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen - you may remember him as the Bond villain who cried blood in Casino Royale - plays the next Marvel antagonist. And while we're sure he'll be great, he already brought menacing to a whole new level in Hannibal , NBC's horror-drama that ran for three seasons, all of which are streaming on Amazon.
June 3, 2015 |
One would be hard-pressed to find any similarities between two crime procedurals hitting the box this week: ABC Family's new series Stitchers , which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, is cute and so slight in dramatic gravitas that it floats away into the ether. The reverse is true of NBC's surreal Nietzschean parable Hannibal , which returns for its third season at 10 p.m. Thursday. One of the most unremittingly dark, vicious stories about murder, Hannibal enthralls the viewer's aesthetic sense with its stunning photography, sophisticated use of imagery, and breathtaking beauty while at the same time threatening to steal away our soul, dragging it deep into the void.
April 5, 2013 |
Extreme violence comes our way on the small screen this week with the premieres of two disturbing but equally engrossing shows. HBO expands its strong documentary roster with Vice , a half-hour news magazine (11 p.m. Friday) produced by the founders of the controversial print magazine of the same name. On the fictional front, NBC adds to the swelling ranks of prime-time serial killers with Hannibal , a nightmarish psychological thriller about the life, loves - and gourmet meals - of psychiatrist, killer, and cannibal Hannibal Lecter.
April 5, 2013 |
* HANNIBAL. 10 p.m. Thursday, NBC10. AS THE creative mind behind Fox's "Wonderfalls" and ABC's "Pushing Daisies," Bryan Fuller is known for making the kind of beautiful television not nearly enough people watch. On Thursday, Fuller returns with NBC's "Hannibal," a gorgeously realized production with a difference. This one comes with a built-in audience that can't get enough of fiction's favorite serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (here played by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen)
February 9, 2007 |
What about the fava beans and Chianti? Much is explained in Hannibal Rising, the marvelously risible origin tale of the celebrated sociopath Hannibal Lecter. His fetish for masks? Check. His skill with a scalpel? Got it. His penchant for cannibalism? Ahh, we see! But while considerable light is shed on the pathology of the Silence of the Lambs psychokiller - and the mad murderer of several other blood-soaked movie hits and mega-selling tomes - Lecter's taste for Tuscan wine and vicia faba remains a mystery.
October 4, 2002 |
When Michael Mann directed "Manhunter" in 1986, he was hot off his television success with "Miami Vice. " The film - despite a number of virtues - has a TV crime-procedural feel. Since then, Mann has gone on to make a number of acclaimed films, including "Heat," "The Insider" and "Ali. " Interestingly, both "Manhunter" and "Red Dragon," based on the book "Red Dragon" by Thomas Harris, which is the prequel to "Silence of the Lambs," were shot by cinematographer Dante Spinotti - but to different effect.
August 24, 2001 |
THOMAS HARRIS' third Hannibal Lecter novel, "Hannibal," was greeted with critical savagery, in part because it was such a radical departure from the taut suspenser "Silence of the Lambs. " Ridley Scott's blockbuster "Hannibal" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $29.99) suffered similar criticism, in part due to its faithfulness in tone to the novel. Where Jonathan Demme's "Silence of the Lambs" (getting re-released this week, VHS: $9.99; DVD: $24.99) traded on claustrophobia, suggestion and intense intimacy, "Hannibal" takes a turn into Gothic horror, with the cards laid graphically on the table.
June 14, 2001 |
BECAUSE SOME people just can't get enough of Anthony Hopkins baring his teeth and smacking his lips over various human organs, the actor is in talks to star as Hannibal the Cannibal one more time. The Hollywood trades say Hopkins, who has appeared as the stylish psychopath Hannibal Lecter in 1991's "Silence of the Lambs" and last year's "Hannibal," is interested in reprising the role for "Red Dragon. " The project is being billed as the prequel to "Lambs" and "Hannibal. " The film would be based on Thomas Harris' 1981 best-seller "Red Dragon," which introduced the Hannibal character to an unsuspecting world.
March 17, 2001 |
Hannibal Lecter is about to hang his next victim from a balcony overlooking a piazza in Florence, Italy. With the unctuous concern of a Saville Row tailor, he solicitously inquires: "Bowels in or out?" Since the poor fellow is gagged and in no position to answer, Lecter makes the choice for him. In one of the many gruesome moments splattered across Ridley Scott's Hannibal, Lecter guts the man with a practiced slash. The victim's intestines spill down to the square below as he dangles from the rope.
February 9, 2001 |
Posing as an art curator in Florence, Italy - strolling the palazzi, eyeballing the Duomo, giving pickpockets more than they bargained for in the arcades - Hannibal Lecter seems happy in his retirement. He's mellowed some in the 10 years since we last encountered him, and seems content tinkering at the piano, ambling the banks of the Arno, and keeping tabs on the girl of his dreams - FBI agent Clarice Starling - in the newspapers and on the Net. Of course, there's the odd repast - ingredients to include human organs - to keep him sated.