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Manhunter
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The Silence of the Lambs
89
74.79%
Hannibal
7
5.88%
Red Dragon
8
6.72%
Not a one
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Which "Hannibal" film do you prefer?

Old 04-07-03, 10:28 PM
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Which "Hannibal" film do you prefer?

After watching Red Dragon, my mother states that it is now her favorite "Hannibal" film. She thinks it was better than Silence of the Lambs, much much better than Hannibal, and way better than Manhunter.

On the other hand, my fave is Silence of the Lambs. It has a more somber, not in your face, mood to it. Which, IMO, makes it a much better film.

What's your fave and why?
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Toss up between Red Dragon and SOTL.

I'll have to watch Red Dragon a few more times before making a pick.

Both are better than Hannibal, which I liked, but for different reasons as it's a different type of movie. More of a black comedy than a drama really.

I hated manhunter, but won't elaborate as I've done so several times in the past here.
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Definitely The Silence of the Lambs. Not only they have terrific acting and characterization, but it opened my eyes to great movies the first time I saw them on junior high school (yay!).
I know that's pretty subjective, but aren't we all?
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sotl. definitely worth its acclaim. the only thing relatively turning me off is the lead's southern accent. eww.
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I may very well be alone on this, but I liked Hannibal the best. SOTL never did that much for me and while I didn't dislike Red Dragon, I didn't really find it that interesting. Manhunter doesn't even enter the equation for me.

I don't know what it is about Hannibal. I like the cinematography a hell of a lot. It has some stunning visuals, especially in the Italy scenes. On the other hand, it does drag in a few places. But overall I just liked it better. Also, I just am not a big fan of Jodie Foster, so I guess SOTL had that going against it when I saw it.
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I still prefer SOTL, but I also really love Hannibal, and rank it just below on the list.

There are a lot of black comedy elements in SOTL, also. The copy of Bon Appetit in Lecter's cell, the Gospel program ("Dr. Chilton must have his petty torments..."), That last scene, w/ Chilton about to have a cow getting off the plane...
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I thought they were all pretty damn good, but SOTL is head and shoulders above the others in all categories.

1) SOTL (*****)
2) Hannibal (****1/2)
3) Manhunter (****1/2)
4) Red Dragon (****)

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SOTL is the king there, is no doubt about that.

Hannibal is a damn close second, something about it I like that I quite can't explain..

Red Dragon I like, but it has to stand in third. It's SOTL Lite. The villian is much more interesting, which is what saves this movie. You don't care how boring Buffalo Bill is because of all the great dialouge between Clarice and Hannibal.

Manhunter:
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I had to vote for SOTL but I'm really happy to see all the love here for Hanibal. It is an EXCELLENT film and one of the best sequals ever, because it does its own thing and isn't a slave to SOTL
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Silence of the Lambs for sure. I found Hannibal to be a bit lacking, dispite two great performances by Hopkins and Moore. I haven't seen the other two yet.
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My favorite is SOTL; it seems to have an energy missing from the others; a perfect blend of mystery, thriller, and action. As an added bonus, Demme captures the underlying sexual tension between Clarice and Lecter better than Scott did in Hannibal. While there is much to like about Hannibal, I think Scott was ill cast as the director for this movie. Beyond the ending, which denies the necessary evolution of the characters and dismisses Harris’s vision, the characters seemed thin—I never felt attached to them as in SOTL. Visually the movie was stunning, but I felt Scott placed too much emphasis on action, too little on substance—traits common to most of his recent movies. And copout ending was completely lame.
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how does the ending of the book differ?
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Originally posted by Pants
how does the ending of the book differ?
Instead of
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calling the police which sets in motion the showdown at Krendler’s camp where Hannibal cuts off his hand to escape, in the book, Clarice and Hannibal disappear together and become lovers. It may sound a bit like a fairy tale ending; it’s not. The way Harris sets up the scenario and the manner in which Hannibal captures the object of his desire creates a dark, pervading mood that capitalizes on the character traits established across both novels.


Even if the studio felt the book ending wasn’t marketable, I think there were better options than the one presented in the movie.

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Originally posted by badger1997
I may very well be alone on this, but I liked Hannibal the best. SOTL never did that much for me and while I didn't dislike Red Dragon, I didn't really find it that interesting. Manhunter doesn't even enter the equation for me.

I don't know what it is about Hannibal. I like the cinematography a hell of a lot. It has some stunning visuals, especially in the Italy scenes. On the other hand, it does drag in a few places. But overall I just liked it better. Also, I just am not a big fan of Jodie Foster, so I guess SOTL had that going against it when I saw it.
You are not alone. I prefer Hannibal to Manhunter, SOTL, and Red Dragon also.
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Originally posted by Pants
I had to vote for SOTL but I'm really happy to see all the love here for Hanibal. It is an EXCELLENT film and one of the best sequals ever, because it does its own thing and isn't a slave to SOTL
Agreed, completely. It was one of the first two DVDs I bought.
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Which "Hannibal" film do you prefer?

The Silence of the Lambs, no question about it.

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Hannibal is a damn close second, something about it I like that I quite can't explain..
I love the style and cinematography in Hannibal, but in the end it's just a little too gruesome for me.
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I picked "Lambs". "Hannibal" is too in-your-face gruesome, and "Dragon" is boring because Hannibal is only a supporting character.
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I thought red dragon had it all, great villain, hannibal as a supporting character, and a great lead in norton. the dialogue between the two were better than clarice and lector. Hannibal was terrible, i see why foster passed on it.
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I'd say Red Dragon if only it was released before SOTL.

Hannibal doesn't even exist.
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SOTL How Hanibal kept dragging her back to the subject of why the lambs were crying, psychologically tearing her down to the things that she conciously didn't want to remember. The crying was done while the lambs were being slautered for human consumption a real psycholigical torturer in his own right of him, being a real doctor besides being a canibal.


Sounds a like true Jeffrey Dalmer, Jack the Ripper, or Ted Bundy all but Jack blamed their behavior on porno magazines.
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I didn't vote because I haven't seen Red Dragon yet, but of the others, there was just something about the style and atmosphere of Hannibal that I really liked. The fish market battle was incredible, and the parts in Italy were just gorgeous.
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I liked SOL the most of out of the 4 films..

but I wonder how much of that has to do with the order one saw the films in. I mean throw out Manhunter from the mix and just look at the 3 newest ones..

I did not know anything about the characters etc before going into see Lambs so everything was very interesting.. Of course I then read Hannibal before seeing the film and also read Red Dragon before I saw Manhunter and then the Red Dragon.

sooooo I wonder if Red Dragon had come out first, if SOL would still have as much impact? If nothing else ya have to think the impact of Hannibal would be a bit less, errrr but then less in Red Dragon too being that film expects ya to know about the character some already.. errrrr I have no idea.
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Silence of the Lambs is the best of the two ive seen, Hannibal wasnt too good in my opinion. SOTL was very cool though, and Id like to see the others.
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I love the three Hannibal films with Hopkins, haven't seen Manhunter, but I have to go with The Silence of the Lambs. I think it did the best bringing the tension between the characters, especially Hannibal and Clarice, but also the movie has a great atomosphere. But I have to say Hannibal and Red Dragon are great follow ups to TSOTL.

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