April 4, 2013 |
NBC sent out five episodes of its "Silence of the Lambs" prequel "Hannibal," and although the reasons to stop watching (when in doubt, impale a woman!) too often outweighed the reasons to continue (Hugh Dancy, tracked by a dangerous dream deer), I swallowed my bile and soldiered on. And indeed, Episode 5 proved an epiphany. No spoilers here, but it costars Eddie Izzard, whose natural gift for twinkling malice threw everything into perspective. The problem with "Hannibal" is not the graphic violence or the absurd back-story tweaks - Dancy's Will Graham is no longer just a super-great FBI profiler with a photographic memory, he's a shivering, night-sweating, natural-born empath, whatever the heck that is - or even the fact that it is rather late to a very crowded serial-killer crime scene.
April 2, 2013 |
You just can't keep a good cannibal down. More than three decades after he first murdered and chomped his way to pop culture infamy, sophisticated serial murderer Hannibal Lecter is back, alive and well-fed. And although he has gone from the big screen to the small screen, his twisted appetites have not diminished during his absence. Introduced in a series of bestselling novels by Thomas Harris that gave birth to a hit film franchise, which included the Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs," Lecter's latest incarnation is "Hannibal," a dark drama premiering Thursday on NBC. SPECIAL COVERAGE: The Culture of Violence The series is a prequel to the novels and films, positioning him as a psychiatrist who works for the FBI. He is recruited to help a troubled but gifted criminal profiler, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy)
June 27, 2010 |
THE BEST WAY TO HANNIBAL, MO. From LAX, American and Southwest offer nonstop service to St. Louis. Connecting service (change of planes) is offered on United, American, Frontier, Air Tran, Continental, US Airways, Midwest Express and Delta. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $306. Hannibal sits about 100 miles northwest of St. Louis, along the Mississippi River. WHERE TO STAY Garth Woodside Mansion Bed & Breakfast, 11069 New London Road, Hannibal; (573)
June 27, 2010 |
It was long after dark when Henry Sweets brought me to Hannibal's Old Baptist Cemetery, "a graveyard of the old-fashioned Western kind. " No moon. Ragged weeds, crumbling gravestones. We tried to tread lightly, but it had been raining, and mud grabbed at our shoes. Down at the bottom of the hill, the Mississippi churned. I had to smile, because here I was, three decades removed from 11th grade, still slogging through American literature. This, as Sweets explained, was the cemetery Mark Twain remembered when he imagined the midnight murder of Doc Robinson in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" - grave markers leaning every which way, Tom and Huck hiding behind a tree, and the treacherous Injun Joe burying a knife in his victim's chest.
May 29, 2007 |
There wasn't much of a theatrical appetite for "Hannibal Rising" -- Thomas Harris' prequel to "Red Dragon" and "Silence of the Lambs" -- when it opened earlier this year. The grisly horror film took in just $27.7 million domestically -- compare that with 1991's "Silence of the Lambs," which made $130.7 million; 2001's "Hannibal," which took in $165.1 million; and 2002's "Red Dragon," which earned $93.1 million.
February 16, 2007 |
The German psychological thriller "Antibodies" owes more than a little to serial killer procedurals such as "Manhunter" and "The Silence of the Lambs" but is nonetheless a better-than-average entry, buoyed by a strong cast and writer-director Christian Alvart's ability to refresh genre conventions. Wotan Wilke Mohring stars as Michael Martens, a pious small-town police officer and farmer haunted by the killing of a young girl, a friend of his teenage son.