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"He was nice until they stuck their noses into his business..."

Doctor Hannibal Lecter has found refuge in Florence after having escaped from the asylum where he had been locked up for his cannibalistic habits. The only person that ever survived an attack by Lecter is seeking revenge and paying handsomely to find it. Disfigured and insane, Mason Verger wants the good doctor to feel the delectable pleasures of the pain and suffering he has endured and it seems that Clarice Sterling might be the best and quickest way to get to him.

Hannibal, like an animal will smell the danger and defend his territory.





Though most people think of Hannibal as purely evil, I think he reacts instinctively. This movie shows this side of Hannibal even more as he becomes the victim.

You'd think he's calmed down but when a police officer discovers his secret and tries to collect the reward for his capture, he reacts savagely. The violence scenes are really explicit, I don't think the censors even touched it.

As the story unravels, we understand that the relation between Clarice and Hannibal is not felt by both sides. Clarice tries blindly to bring Hannibal to justice, even when she's kicked off the FBI. I'm not complaining but it makes me wonder what Hannibal sees in Clarice who certainly doesn't stand out for her intelligence.

The script spoils us by explaining who Hannibal really is. Of course, the book would have been a better choice but my personal love for horror ends with movies, therefore I enjoyed being told the story with images and sounds.

The few special effects are excellent, the actors are first class. Hannibal terrorizes by his intelligence, his sense of concealment and his instincts.

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Memorables aspects
- Pazzi being disemboweled and thrown over the balcony, hanging by his intestines.
- A man payed by Pazzi to collect Hannibal's fingerprints, being split apart with one precise hit.
- Mason Verger's distorted and all-around mutilated face.
- Mason Verger mutilating his own face simply because Hannibal told him to.

Memorables characters
- Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins)
- Paul Krender, final scene (Ray Liotta)
- Mason Verger (Gary Oldman)

Released in: 2001

Movie type: Horror - Gore - Thriller

Films in similar category:
Hellraiser: Hellseeker
Devil in the Flesh 2
Joy Ride
Devil's Prey
Dentist II, The

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( 2001-08-27 )  


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