Cult Classic: Manhunter + DVD Player Competition
Everyone thinks that Hannibal Lecter was introduced to movie audiences in the early ’90s when Anthony Hopkins portrayed him with a terrifyingly quiet malice in Silence of the Lambs. Not so, not so at all. As a matter of fact, Heat director Michael Mann made an arguably better film a few years beforehand. I know! How did you not know this?
By Mike Sheridan
You’ve probably already seen the remake of Manhunter; it starred Ed Norton, was directed by that dope Brett Ratner and was called Red Dragon. It was grand; OK, a decent effort. But the source material was so strong, it’s actually a very hard movie to f**k up. Especially when you look at the cast Ratner had to play with.
Manhunter’s star name is William Peterson - yep, the dude from the original series of CSI. He’s Will Graham; the FBI profiler who caught Hannibal Lecter. Lecter (played by Brian Cox) is now behind bars but Graham needs his help to track down and stop a serial killer called The Tooth Fairy – who is every bit as terrifying as he sounds.
Toothy is offing folk left, right and centre; entering their houses late and night and wiping out entire families. Graham is guilted into tracking him down by his former boss (the best swearer in the business, Denis Farina) but struggles with the mental anguish after what he went through catching Lecter.
Michael Mann wasn’t exactly a household name when Manhunter came out and it criminally died a death at the box-office. But after 'Lambs’ was released people went back and looked at it in an entirely different light. It is an aesthetically stunning film, brimming with tension from the opening frames.
If you’re a fan of cinema, the character of Lecter, or Michael Mann then Manhunter will blow you away. For everyone else it is the quintessential cult flick and a fantastic addition to your collection.
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