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The "Hannibal" saga in the right order

Five films and a TV series: For over 30 years, Dr. Hannibal Lecter the audience. Here you can learn more about the order of the "Hannibal" saga.

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In the jumble of remakes, sequels and prequels, it's easy to lose track of things in the “Hannibal” franchise. We recommend the following, albeit not entirely chronological, order:

The "Hannibal" series at a glance

"Hannibal Rising - How it all began" deals with the childhood and adolescence of the serial killer and cannibal. Here you learn that Hannibal's cannibalism has its roots in an early trauma: Hannibal's sister Mischa was killed and eaten in front of his eyes.

In "Blood moon" (1987) appeared Hannibal Lecter (Brian Cox, "X-Men 2") for the first time in the cinema, but plays more of a supporting role. A cruel serial killer, also known as the Tooth Fairy, is up to mischief. Dr. Lecter, who is in custody, is asked for help by FBI profiler Will Graham. The remake was released in 2002 "Red Dragon" in which Anthony Hopkins slipped into the role of the psychopath for the third time.

"The silence of the Lambs" (1991) is the absolute classic among the Hannibal films. This is not only due to the concentrated star power of Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, but also to the virtuoso design of the film - just think of the eerie, fascinating close-ups of Lecter's face. At the end of the film, Lecter manages to escape.

"Hannibal" (2001) is the direct sequel to “The Silence of the Lambs”: Ten years after the events of the previous film, Dr. Lecter settled in Florence. Not only the Italian police, but also Mason Verger (Gary Oldman, "Bram Stoker’s Dracula"), Lecter's only surviving victim, is on the trail of the cannibal.

The TV series "Hannibal" has three seasons. Lecter is played here by Mads Mikkelsen ("Casino Royale") and Will Graham by Hugh Dancy ("In good hands"). It's a good idea to watch the series after the movies. Admittedly, this is not entirely correct chronologically, because the first two seasons are a kind of prequel that could be classified between “Hannibal Rising” and “Red Dragon”. If you want, you can watch the individual seasons between these films. With the third season it gets more difficult: the first half mixes parts of "Hannibal" and "Hannibal Rising", while the second half deals with the events of "Roter Drache". It is currently unclear whether there will be a fourth season. It is rumored, however, that this could deal with "The Silence of the Lambs".

The "Hannibal" series is most fun when you watch it after the movies. The reason: there are a lot of content and visual references that are only understandable if you are familiar with the films. The series also breaks new ground. Not only does she mix horror and food porn, but she puts an emphasis on the relationship between Lecter and Graham.

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TheHannibal ”order according to the year of publication

Alternatively, it is worth looking at the Hannibal saga according to its origins. The order is then as follows:

  • "Blood Moon" (1987)
  • "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
  • "Hannibal" (2001)
  • "Red Dragon" (2002)
  • "Hannibal Rising - How it all began" (2006)
  • "Hannibal" TV series (2013-2015)

It is interesting, for example, that you watch “Blood Moon” and its remake “Red Dragon” separately. This order also shows how the characters' appearance has changed over time. This is particularly exciting using Lecter's example. In “Blood Moon” Brian Cox (“X-Men 2”) plays the serial killer in a rather withdrawn manner. Anthony Hopkins is different: From Lecter's voice to his facial expressions - the character is scary and yet fascinating. While Coxs Lecter doesn't seem crazy, Hopkins is always mad. Mads Mikkelsen's Hannibal is elegant and rational. Lecter's psychopathy shows up not only in murder and cannibalism, but above all in constant manipulation. No matter whether Cox, Hopkins, or Mikkelsen, whether television or film: The mixture of well-groomed courtesy and gruesome deeds makes all the stories of "Hannibal the Cannibal" worth seeing.

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