Alternative Movies/TV Shows In The Hannibal Series

Hannibal (2001 Movie)

Hannibal is a 2001 movie based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris. It is a sequel to the critically acclaimed and Academy Award winning 1991 movie, The Silence Of The Lambs. It also follows on from what we learned in Hannibal Rising about Lecter's dark past.

The movie stars Anthony Hopkins as the deranged Lecter, with Julianne Moore playing the role of FBI agent Clarice Starling and Gary Oldman as surviving victim Mason Verger. After escaping the clutches of the authorities for ten years, Lecter lives a quiet life in Italy. He has developed a cult following and his only surviving victim, the wealthy Mason Verger, begins to collect memorabilia associated with Lecter. He plots his revenge and becomes obsessed with Lecter.

Clarice has been wrongly blamed for an FBI drug raid gone wrong. Verger gets in touch with her about a plan to trap Hannibal and kill him. The movie revolves around Verger's attempts to get his revenge on Lecter, while also exploring the strange relationship between Clarice and Hannibal. The main themes of the movie are forbidden romance and retribution.

It was directed by Ridley Scott, who also directed the acclaimed 2000 movie The Gladiator. Scott is a huge believer in a good soundtrack, and he has gone as far as to state that the music is as important as the dialogue. Composer Hans Zimmer helped with the soundtrack.

Hannibal received a positive critical response. Hopkins was praised for his convincing performance as the psychopath Lecter. It's gory moments were singled out as visually impressive and the story was engrossing and startling.

Silence Of The Lambs (1991 Movie)

This is the original thriller that catapulted the film adaptation of Thomas Harris' novels to global fame. The film stars Jodie Foster as exuberant FBI trainee Clarice Starling. She seeks the advice of imprisoned serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter on a murder case she is working on. She is trying to catch another serial killer by the name of Buffalo Bill and sees Lecter as a reliable, if tortured informant, who can help with her pursuit.

The genius of this movie is that it manages to portray Lecter as frightening, but at the same time as quite a likeable person. Foster is brilliant as the ènthusiastic FBI agent Clarice, and her relationship with her informant Lecter is complex in nature – the two share many similarities.

Silence Of The Lambs is essential viewing for any fan of horror movies. It is no surprise that the film was inducted into the American National Film Registry in 2011 by the U.S Library Of Congress.

Hannibal (2013-2015 TV Series)

Hannibal is a psychological thriller television series made by Brian Fuller and shown on NBC. It revolves around a psychiatrist-patient relationship between FBI criminal profiler Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy) and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played by Mads Mikkleson).

Lecter is regarded as a brilliant psychiatrist. He is recruited by the FBI to assess the mental state of Graham. The head of the FBI's Behavioural Science unit, Jack Crawford decides that Graham needs to be assessed because of his erratic behaviour when hunting for a serial killer in Minnesota. It is unknown to the FBI that Dr .Lecter is in fact one of the most wanted serial killers in recent years.

Lecter, the cannibalist and murderer, tries to manipulate the FBI through his appointments with Graham. Lecter is interested in Graham's empathy towards psychopathic murderers and he attempts to turn Graham into a killer himself by altering his mental state.

The series was praised for being well constructed and beautifully written. The characters were regarded as compelling and Brian Lowry of Variety labelled it “the tastiest drama the network has introduced in a while”. The series was shot in Toronto, Canada. Hannibal ran for three seasons before being cancelled in June 2015.