Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Manhunter (1986) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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)


8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...