(NB: This began its life as a piece about breaking the fourth wall. But episode 1.10, “Buffet Froid”, was so rich and deep that the post grew into something else entirely, and is now a sort of companion piece to “Will Graham’s Eyes” (Why Hannibal Isn’t Gratuitous Murder Porn). It doesn’t matter at all if you haven’t read that one; but this post does assume that you already think Hannibal is worth your time. Because it is.
Warnings: contains gore, spoilers up to 1.10, copious screencaps of Will.)
The projected image is more interesting than the projector—until, of course, the projector breaks down…
- Dr. Sutcliffe, Hannibal 1.10, “Buffet Froid”
Hannibal is a fascinating show for many reasons, not least because it gets messy with genre. It’s a horror thriller blended with a psychological drama and a dark, grotesque comedy that’s having an affair with arthouse film while masquerading as a crime procedural. So as it goes along, it’s picking and choosing which genre conventions it wants to follow at any given moment. And then sometimes it just throws the toolbox out of the window…
I’ve seen a lot of posts expressing concern or dismay at the grisly horror and gore in Hannibal. I know it’s put some people off watching the show.
So I want to argue that Hannibal not only boasts a fantastic cast and beautiful visuals, but is also neither exploitative nor gratuitous, and that it’s a must-watch even—and especially—if you’re not a fan of horror.
This is long and full of screencaps because I like Hugh Dancy’s face—and there are SPOILERS galore—so hit the jump.