Manhunter (1986) vs. Red Dragon (2002)
Based off the Thomas Harris novel, Red Dragon, Manhunter introduced the world to the serial killer Hannibal Lecter.
Michael Mann took the director’s seat for this one and he turned out a very solid film.
This film is grim, creepy, stylish and gripping. It takes the source material and does justice with it.
Anthony Hopkins reprises his role as Hannibal Lecter and he turns in another solid performance, but this movie isn’t as good as the original.
The movie plays it too safe in some areas and doesn't allow itself to ever really escape the shadow of the far superior original.
It does have strong performances and some creepy scenes. Yet, when I watch it, I get the feeling that it just wasn't needed.
So, which is better?
I like Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal better but the original is better.