Watch Order Of The Hannibal Lecter Film Franchise

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Watch order of the Hannibal Lecter film franchise?
Watch order of the Hannibal Lecter film franchise?

With Halloween looming and horror movies marathon in trends, It’s no surprise people are asking about the watch order of the Hannibal Lecter film franchise? Which is the best order to watch this franchise of the Thomas Harris books? You must have surely heard of Dr. Hannibal Lecter and FBI agent Clarice Starling. After all, it’s one of Anthony Hopkins’ stellar performances. It earned him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in “Silence of The Lambs,” with little less than fifteen minutes of dialogue in that movie.

But there’s more to Hannibal Lecter than the classic “Silence of The Lambs”. In fact, you can have a whole marathon. And learn how did Hannibal Lecter come to fame. While the movies are not in chronological order, the story will fit nicely into the narrative. Four different directors: Peter Webber, Jonathan Demme, Ridley Scott, and Brett Ratner, will bring you tonight’s entertainment. In consequence, let’s begin explaining the Hannibal Lecter film franchise watch order here at Otakukart. Let’s Begin!

Watch order of the Hannibal Lecter film franchise?
Watch order of the Hannibal Lecter film franchise?

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Watch order of the Hannibal Lecter film franchise?

If you want to watch, Doctor Hannibal Lecter becomes the infamous cannibal. You must first go and watch 2007’s Hannibal Rising, by Peter Weber. It’s how it all begins, as it follows Lecter from his birth in an aristocratic family in Lithuania in 1933 to his orphanage in 1944. Together with his loving younger sister Mischa. When a Nazi Stuka aircraft hits a Soviet tank in front of their woodland hideout. Shortly thereafter, he and Mischa are apprehended by a group of Nazi collaborators, who kill and cannibalize Mischa in front of her brother’s eyes; Lecter subsequently discovers that the collaborators also fed him Mischa’s bones.

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Irreparably scarred, Lecter flees the deserters and wanders the wilderness, confused and unable to communicate. He is apprehended and sent to his family’s former castle, which has been transformed into a Soviet orphanage, where he is tormented by the other children and tortured by the dean. His uncle Robert and his wife from Japan, Lady Murasaki, adopt him and nurture him back to health before teaching him to talk again. Despite his seeming ease, Lecter is driven by a ferocious desire to avenge Mischa’s murder. As a teenager, he murders for the first time, killing a racist fisherman who insulted Murasaki. He then meticulously pursues, tortures, and kills each of the guys who murdered his sister.

Red Dragon

In Brett Rattner’s 2002 “Red Dragon,” Will Graham, an FBI profiler. He questions Lecter about one of his patients who was killed by a serial murderer before suspecting Lecter; he notices the old medical diagram “Wound Man” in Lecter’s office. And recalls that the victim had the identical injuries shown in the picture. Recognizing Graham’s suspicions, Lecter approaches from behind and stabs him with a linoleum knife, almost disemboweling him. Graham lives but is so scarred by the event that he retires from the FBI early. Lecter is accused of nine murders but is judged not guilty due to insanity. He is sent to the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he is cared for by Dr. Frederick Chilton, a pretentious, inept psychiatrist whom he despises and who subjected him to a succession of minor cruelties.

Years later, Graham comes out of his retirement and talks with Lecter in order to apprehend another serial murderer, Francis Dolarhyde, also known as “the Tooth Fairy.” Lecter obtains Graham’s home address from the advertisements of a tabloid called The National Tattler; Dolarhyde subsequently uses this information to break into Graham’s house, knife him in the face, and threaten his family before Graham’s wife Molly shoots him dead. At the conclusion of the book, Lecter writes Graham a letter in which he expresses his hope that Graham “won’t be too ugly.”

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The Silence of the Lambs

In Jonathan Demme’s 1991 The Silence of the Lambs, Lecter helps FBI agent-in-training Clarice Starling in apprehending serial murderer Jame Gumb, also known as “Buffalo Bill.” Starling fascinates Lecter. And the two develop a unique connection in which he supplies her with a profile of the murderer. And his method of operation in return for information about her miserable upbringing. Gumb, the former girlfriend of Lecter’s patient (and ultimate victim) Benjamin Raspail, had previously encountered Lecter. He does not disclose this knowledge openly, instead of providing Starling with hints to assist her in figuring it out for herself.

The FBI and Chilton arranged for Lecter to be moved to a government facility with improved living circumstances in exchange for his cooperation. However, Lecter escapes while in transport. Murdering and mutilating his guards and using one of their faces as a mask to deceive police and paramedics before killing and fleeing. While in hiding, he sends one letter to Starling. Wishing her well, another to Barney, praising him for his polite treatment, and a third to Chilton, vowing terrible vengeance; Chilton vanishes shortly after.

Watch order of the Hannibal Lecter film franchise?
Watch order of the Hannibal Lecter film franchise?


In Ridley Scott’s Hannibal, FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling is accused of a failed narcotics operation. Italian police officer Rinaldo Pazzi consults the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program database of wanted fugitives after recognizing Lecter in a surveillance video in Italy. He hears about Mason Verger’s personal $3 million bounty on Lecter. To suspend Starling, Verger bribed a Justice Department employee to falsely accuse her of hiding a letter from Lecter. After that, Hannibal traps the Justice Department employee and eats parts of his brain.

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