01st Nov2015

Competition: Win ‘Hannibal – The Complete Season 3′

by Phil Wheat

To celebrate the release of Hannibal: The Complete Season 3 – on DVD and Blu-ray 19th October – we have a copy on Blu-ray to giveaway! Hannibal is TV at its most compelling – gory, shocking, stunningly shot, and with a cast to die for! Based on Thomas Harris’ best-selling books comes the third season […]

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30th Aug2015

‘Hannibal 3×13: The Wrath of the Lamb’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Soon all of this will be lost to the sea.” Hannibal’s final hour has come and gone, crumbling into the ocean like the bluff outside the title character’s seaside retreat and taking with it one of the most horrific and visually audacious shows ever to air. ‘The Wrath of the Lamb’ is not without its […]

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17th Aug2015

‘Hannibal 3×11: …And the Beast From the Sea’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I don’t know what will happen in the house.” Motion and stillness are one, life and death are mirrors of each other, and to oppose your enemy is to be united with him. Hannibal has always been interested in blurring the boundaries between concepts, and between people, both in the minds of its addled characters and for […]

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09th Aug2015

‘Hannibal 3×10: And the Woman Clothed in Sun’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Did He who made the Lamb make thee?” In the dark recesses of his attic, staring into a crack-crazed mirror, Francis Dolarhyde assembles one by one the parts of speech he’ll need to show himself to best advantage in his imminent conversation with a certain doctor. Re-approaching the Serial Killer Call, a stock element in […]

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02nd Aug2015

‘Hannibal 3×09: And the Woman Clothed With the Sun’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I know what you’re afraid of. It isn’t pain or solitude. It’s indignity. You’re a little bit like a cat that way.” He’s been dragged through the tabloids, stripped of his fancy clothes, and deprived of his mystique in the eyes of the public and of his former victims, but even a Hannibal dressed in […]

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26th Jul2015

‘Hannibal 3×08: The Great Red Dragon’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“There is no name for what this man is.” Well, here’s a horse of a different color. Hannibal has jumped ahead three years, upending its status quo even as it calls back repeatedly to its pilot. Jack recruits Will to rejoin the FBI, Will visits Hannibal seeking an expert consultant, and Will visits a blood-spattered house […]

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19th Jul2015

‘Hannibal 3×07: Digestivo’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I don’t want to think about you anymore.” Watching ‘Digestivo’ is like driving past a fatal car wreck where orchids are blooming from the mouths of the victims and a panel of comedians are cracking filthy jokes at the people who slow down to gape. For sure it’s got the show’s signature blend of psycho-sexual […]

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10th Jul2015

‘Hannibal 3×06: Dolce’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“You expect us to believe that you lost yourself in the hot darkness of Hannibal Lecter’s mind?” That visceral snap as the rubber cord Bedelia is using to tie off her arm pops out of her mouth is like a short, sharp shove off a pier and into a storm-tossed sea. ‘Dolce’ is in some […]

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03rd Jul2015

‘Hannibal 3×05: Contorno’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“To the misfortune of the snail.” “Birds eat thousands of snails every day,” Chiyo tells us at the episode’s opening.  “Some of those snails survive digestion, and they emerge to find they’ve traveled the world.” It’s an unearthly image, a story of mindless astronauts propelled into a boundless unknown, and it bears similarities to Will’s symbolic […]

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26th Jun2015

‘Hannibal 3×04: Aperitivo’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Bella’s dead. That should change the view from these windows. It’s not right if the view stays the same.” ‘Aperitivo’ was an hour of small stories, a step back from the formless horror of Hannibal’s solo adventures in Europe and the protracted seance of Will’s pursuit. Il Mostro himself makes only a few momentary appearances, […]

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19th Jun2015

‘Hannibal 3×03: Secondo’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“This room holds sound and motion, great snakes wrestling and heaving in the dark.” One by one the figurative dead are passing through the mouth of the cathedral at Palermo and into the vastness of Hannibal’s palace. What they seek there differs from person to person. Inspector Pazzi sees a chance to recapture glory by […]

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12th Jun2015

‘Hannibal 3×02: Primavera’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“God can’t save any of us, because… it’s inelegant.” After the sepulchral arthouse horror of last week’s ‘Antipasto’, viewers tuning in to ‘Primavera’ might reasonably have expected a return to form. What the episode gives us instead is, in Hannibal’s words, a rare gift: destruction and rebirth. Like the stunted, deformed stag that emerges from […]

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05th Jun2015

‘Hannibal 3×01: Antipasto’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“This is posthumous.” The world in which Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal unfolds with dreadful inexorability is one of dreamlike, deathly unreality. Hannibal himself has been a psychopomp, a guide into the world of the dead, for many characters throughout the series’ run. His motives, to be sure, are never selfless, but on multiple occasions he has shepherded enemies, colleagues, […]

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19th Sep2014

‘Hannibal: The Complete Season Two’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne | Created by Bryan Fuller What is it about the character of Hannibal Lecter that draws us in? Gaspard Ulliel’s version in Hannibal Rising may not have had the same success as Anthony Hopkins or Mads Mikkelsen but Lecter is adored by the fans, even as one […]

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08th Mar2014

Hannibal 2×02 – “Sakizuke” Review

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne | Created by Bryan Fuller Sakizuke: an appetizer similar to the French amuse-bouche. Not so long ago, (okay, a REALLY long time ago) a friend and I had an argument about the actors who have played Hannibal Lector. I was staunchly opposed to his declarations that […]

01st Mar2014

Hannibal 2×01 – “Kaiseki” [Season Premiere] Review

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne | Created by Bryan Fuller Kaiseki: a type of multicourse Japanese meal offering small dishes; a Japanese tasting menu Wisely, Bryan Fuller, who co-scripted the premiere, leaves Will in lockup as the season begins (forced to be picked apart by antagonistic Frederick Chilton), and truly haunted […]

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14th Feb2014

Advance Review: Hannibal 2×01 – ‘Kaiseki’ [Spoiler-Free]

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne | Created by Bryan Fuller I fell out of reviewing Hannibal last season, not because I didn’t have anything to say about the show (because frankly, I always have things to say about the show), I fell out of covering it purely because the timing was […]

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02nd Sep2013

Interview: Mads Mikkelsen talks ‘Hannibal’

by Phil Wheat

Despite strong skepticism from fans of the original movies, Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal has been a surprising success for NBC, pushing the envelope of what can be seen on traditional US network television. Whilst the series has an excellent pedigree, both in front and behind the screen, the true star of the series is Danish actor […]

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26th Apr2013

Hannibal 1×05 – “Coquilles” Review

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne | Created by Bryan Fuller ‘Coquilles’ is an outstanding hour of television. It’s equal parts horrifying and heart-wrenching while mixing in a dark standalone story. It’s a cocktail that Hannibal seems to have down pat and this episode is absolutely no exception. It skirts the plot of Abigail Hobbes […]

26th Apr2013

Hannibal 1×04 – “Ceuf” Review

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne | Created by Bryan Fuller ‘Ceuf’ was notoriously pulled from the NBC lineup in the wake of any numerous tragedies that have occurred in the United States (Sandy Hook, Watertown, etc) and it wobbles the mind as to exactly why it was pulled. The episode, or the main plot […]

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19th Apr2013

Hannibal 1×03 – “Potage” Review

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne | Created by Bryan Fuller Po·tage  (p-täzh) n.- A thick, often creamy soup. There’s so much depth in ‘Potage,’ that it required a second viewing to truly absorb everything that’s going on, and it’s a whole hell of a lot. Whereas last week’s episode took a […]

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12th Apr2013

Hannibal 1×02 – “Amuse-Bouche” Review

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne | Created by Bryan Fuller Amuse-Bouche: def: \a-’myuz bush\ [Fr. amuse the mouth] 1: a small bite before the meal begins. 2: greeting of the Chef de cuisine The most important thing that ‘Amuse-Bouche’ does is to show exactly how Will Graham is affected by the […]

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