In this episode of the Rocky Horror Spookshow, our hosts Miss J & Marty talk all things Hannibal with a side-by-side comparison of 1986’s Manhunter and 2002’s Red Dragon, both based on the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, first published in 1981. It was this novel that first introduced the world to the brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
Manhunter, directed by Michael Mann, featured Brian Cox as the legendary Lecter. Although the film bombed at the box office, it was critically praised and has since developed a cult following. Red Dragon, directed by Brett Ratner and written for the screen by Ted Tally (who also wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs) starred Anthony Hopkins as Lecter. Hopkins played the iconic role twice before in The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. Red Dragon was also well received by critics and enjoyed box office success.
Miss J and Marty discuss the merits of each film, including how true to the source material each remains and how well each of the actors embodies his role. There’s also a brief discussion of the 2013 television series Hannibal, starring Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal, as well as the 2001 film by the same name.