Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Rewatching Manhunter after all these years, it’s amazing how little I remembered about it. It’s also amazing just how little Hannibal Lecter is in the film but yet how memorable Brain Cox remains in the role. I’d would have liked to have seen how he developed the character. Based on Thomas Harris’ book Red Dragon (latterly remade in a lesser version starring Hopkins and again on the TV show Hannibal) and directed by Michael Mann, Manhunter is a creepy, unsettling horror thriller that lacks a lot of the showiness that The Silence Of The Lambs delivered but is a better film for it. Manhunter has sadly been sidelined by Hopkins and what happened later but is probably the, other than maybe the TV show, the definitive telling of this character.
Best Bit: The finale
Worth A Rewatch: Yes. Manhunter remains a great film
If You Liked this Try: The Silence of The Lambs, Red Dragon, Hannibal (TV)