As a horror fan, certainly one of my largest private disappointments is the truth that I used to be by no means capable of get into the TV present Hannibal. Based mostly on horror icon Hannibal Lecter, developed by Bryan Fuller, and starring Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, it appeared like the proper present on paper. Every time I would see fan edits or clips of the present on YouTube and Tumblr, I used to be at all times intrigued. Regardless of lacking the present’s authentic three-season run on NBC from 2013 to 2015, I lastly obtained my probability to see what Hannibal was all about when it dropped on Netflix in June 2020. That additionally occurred to be the identical second after I “misplaced my urge for food” for the present.
The Silence of the Lambs was my introduction to psychological horror, and Hannibal Lecter had at all times appeared like one of many extra advanced villains of the style; though, I’ll admit that Ted Levine’s Buffalo Invoice is extra my type of dangerous man. Drawing inspiration from writer Thomas Harris’s Purple Dragon, Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising, Hannibal follows FBI profiler Will Graham (Dancy) as he investigates a serial killer in Minnesota and the connection he develops with forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mikkelsen). Any pleasure I had for the sequence quickly turned to anxiousness as I noticed simply how gory the present is. That is proper, the explanation I wasn’t capable of get behind Hannibal is as a result of the gore turned an excessive amount of.
Ought to I’ve been capable of foresee this subject earlier than making an attempt to observe the present? Completely. In any case, Hannibal is a cannibal, so the thought of not having any gore is nearly laughable. Nonetheless, gore is the one factor I can not do relating to horror; it is the explanation I’ve by no means been capable of watch a film from the Noticed franchise, and it is why something by Eli Roth is forbidden from film night time. I assumed I would be protected with Hannibal as a result of it had already aired on community tv, however no, I used to be unsuitable. For the reason that gore is offered in such a stylized method that is smart to the storyline, I discovered myself making an attempt again and again to get previous my points with it. Sadly, irrespective of how nice the chemistry between Mikkelsen and Dancy is or how good Laurence Fishburne and Raúl Esparza are, I am nonetheless squeamish, and all of the fast-forwarding I used to be doing made watching the present pointless.
Nevertheless, what little of the present I used to be capable of watch blew me away; there is a motive it is managed to amass a cult following since its abrupt cancellation. Possibly in the future I am going to strive watching it once more as I did handle to observe a couple of ’80s slasher flicks not too long ago, so perhaps my gore tolerance has gone up. Till then, in case you are studying this, Bryan Fuller, simply know that I attempted to like your present, and to fannibals, I would nonetheless prefer to see a Will Graham/Hannibal Lecter relationship totally realized.