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Two special guests join us to discuss a polarizing guilty pleasure with an all-star cast and a legendary director, 2001’s “Hannibal”

We ran a poll on social media platforms to see which film we would look at in our “Scenery-chewing Serial Killers edition” of the series. Would it be 2000’s The Cell or 2001’s Hannibal. Well, the vote was pretty close. But in the end, it was the cinema’s favorite cannibal that won out!
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Alongside NHE host Scott Murphy, we have a couple of great former guests in the form of It Cuts Deep director Nicholas Payne Santos and Death of a Vlogger director Graham Hughes.

Over the course of the episode, you will hear a lot of disagreement about just how bad or not the movie actually is. There is also much discussion on the infamous Ray Liotta brain-eating scene, how all three can see why Jonathan Demme and Jodie Foster didn’t return, and just how much fun Anthony Hopkins appears to be having.

Elsewhere, we talk about Julianne Moore’s weird imitation of Jodie Foster, try to make head or tail of Mason Verger’s (Gary Oldman) convoluted plan, and how the movie feels like three separate films running concurrently as opposed to one cohesive film.

Plus, they get into how the opening shootout appears to have been shot by Tony rather than Ridley Scott and whether or not Ridley Scott has a sense of humor.

Listen to Graham’s previous appearances on the Guilty Pleasures pod here and here.
Listen to Nicholas’s original interview here.
Listen to Graham original interview here.
Listen to Brett and Drew’s original interview here.


Guilty Pleasures is a monthly spin-off show of the popular New Horror Express (NHE) podcast. Each month, NHE host Scott Murphy, alongside some former guests on the interview podcast, takes a deep dive into a 21st Century “Guilty Pleasure” horror movie as chosen by you the listener in an online poll (based on a particular theme).

Host Scott Murphy is a freelance journalist, reviewer and podcaster. He got into horror in his early teens and has not looked back since. As well as reviewing on New Horror Express, he currently writes reviews for The Wee Review and has previously written for Slimehouse TV, Subtitled Online and The 405.  His favourite horror movie is The Shining, and his favourite horror novel is Interview with The Vampire.

Be sure to tune in the first Saturday of every month for new episodes of THE GUILTY PLEASURES PODCAST on the Morbidly Beautiful Network. 

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