Binge Movie Aftertaste – Hannibal Lecter Retrospective w/Matthew Goudreau and Michael Guarnieri: Manhunter (1986)

On December 15, 2017 by Garrett Collins

“Do you see? Do you see?”

…..the new retrospective being put forth to lead¬† everyone into the new year? Welcome one and all to this, what I like to call, Christmas present to myself. After having to put my planned The Exorcist Retrospective on hold, I was told by my Binge bosses to pick another series so as not to lose any momentum going into the new year.

Before he made such a huge splash on the landscape of film, the character of Hannibal ‘The Cannibal’ Lecter was created for the 1981 novel Red Dragon. The rights to the book were snatched up by renowned producer Dino De Laurentiis, who hired Michael Mann -then known for the underrated James Caan starring gem Thief and a little show called Miami Vice– to bring the book to the big screen.

Though the resulting film Manhunter received generally favorable reviews upon release, it was also a box office flop. Why didn’t the 1986 movie viewing public ignore this movie? Was it deserved? And how oh how did they think of continuing the series after the blandly titled Manhunter bombed at the box office?

Join me, Matthew Goudreau, and Aftertaste newcomer Michael Guarnieri to discuss all these topics, as well as whether that scene of Will Graham jumping through the window at the end is warranted. Hint: One or two people might have thought no until a discussion on the podcast MAYBE changed his mind. Oh, and someone on these shows is a film virgin from The Silence of the Lambs on. Who is it, and what are they expecting they’ll get out of this franchise when it’s done? Listen below, and be sure to keep checking this space, as we will be doing one film a week until 2007’s Hannibal Rising.

Manhunter (1986) (?/10, ?/10, ?/10)

 

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