Last night we discussed the 1986 film Manhunter, which has developed a cult following. This film was based on Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel “Red Dragon,” and was our on-screen introduction to the serial killer and cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter, as well as our introduction to several other key characters that appear in the subsequent films. After much discussion we decided that although this film is a product of its time, its importance to what would become a franchise cannot be understated. We discussed so much, from trivia and things we noticed in the film, to cinematography and casting. Even music that was used in the film made its way into our discussion! We both deemed it a solid film and one that Travis himself is going to put into a more regular rotation in his own viewing.
Join us next week as we continue our Hannibal Lecter Retrospective. We’ll be discussing 2002’s “Red Dragon.” This film shares many similarities with “Manhunter,” but also has several unique differences. We’ll discuss which film did it better and which film is closer to the novel. We’ll see you then!
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