Horror movies are a tricky concept for me to decipher. While I thoroughly enjoy psychological thrillers, a lot of the time the plot of the film is so twisted I get really turned off, so it is difficult to determine whether or not I like horror films or not. I also despise excessive gore, so that eliminates approximately half of all horror films ever made from my viewing list.
Blaine and I recently watched The Silence of the Lambs, and because we really enjoyed it, we watched all of the films in the series. The Silence of the Lambs is the first technical film in the saga, though there is one film that can be considered to be a prequel to it called Manhunter, which I have not seen. After The Silence of the Lambs comes Hannibal, followed by The Red Dragon and concluding with Hannibal Rising.
Let me just say that cannibalism is definitely something that turns me off, and the films leave nothing to the imagination in terms of bloody gore. But, Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lector in the films is an absolute perfect demonstration of authentic and believable acting, which is what I think allowed for me to enjoy the films as much as I did.
I think out of all four, my favourite film is The Silence of the Lambs, followed closely by Hannibal Rising. I really liked Hannibal Rising because it acts as a sort of flashback of Hannibal Lector’s life, explaining what prompted him to become a sadistic and malevolent cannibalistic serial killer. You are able to witness Hannibal Lector in his innocence, as a young man, and it definitely yanks on the heart strings a bit.
While all four of the films are definitely gory and disgusting, I would certainly say they fall more into the categorization of a psychological thriller than they do a horror film. The twisting plot keeps you constantly on the edge of your seat, and there a few surprises that you certainly are not expecting.
I can say I would view these films again, and I urge you to check them out!