Who is Hannibal Lecter ?
A renowned scholar?
A connoisseur of art and music?
A gourmet of fine dining, especially human liver with fava beans and a glass of Chianti.
A man without any conscience ?
A killer without any mercy for his victims?
Well, let’s agree at – a pure psychopath!
Conceptualised by author Thomas Harris in his novel ‘Red Dragon’, Hannibal Lecter is the closest God could go while creating a pure psychopath. A man so learned, yet so vile. A man so educated, yet so cruel. A man so cruel, yet so mellow, when he likes someone. The character is said to be modeled on the real life persona of a physician who was accused of killing and dismemberment of many people, in the sixties. Over the years, many have been deeply intrigued by the character of Hannibal Lecter. A vile man with very little value for human lives, yet he is drawn towards people, who share his vulnerabilities. Be it detective Will Graham or Clarice Sterling, his empathy towards the troubled is obvious. On the other hand, his victims suffer the ignominy of becoming his cuisine, as he devours their flesh with much delight.
Art is always fascinated towards serial killers. So it did not take much time to adapt the most notorious serial killer’s story, to movies and TV shows. We, at The Cinemaholic, listed all Hannibal Lector performances from worst to the best. Read on –
6. Hannibal Rising (2007)
For a character like Hannibal Lecter, there has to be a pathbreaking backstory. A story so horrific that made a man cannibal. What was that incident, that removed the last trace of humanity from a little boy? Well, ‘Hannibal Rising’ was supposed to be the answer for all these questions, but could not. It failed spectacularly at the box office as the critics took delights to pan it heavily. ‘Hannibal Rising’ tells the story of a eight year old Hannibal, who goes through one of most horrific times during the great war and ends up becoming the evil reincarnated. The movie falters due to its eagerness to showcase Hannibal’s conversion into a cannibal, thus missing out on highlighting the enigma behind the character. Instead of understanding for Hannibal’s proclivity for committing murders, the movie concentrates itself on turning into a gore fest. It’s a pity that the screenplay by the author Thomas Harris became such a dud.
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