You Had Disadvantages: It’s Time to Take Manhunter Seriously, by David Bax

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  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    One of my favorite films, and (in my opinion) the best of those derived from Thomas Harris. I wouldn’t get too worked up about any lack of appreciation. It’s their loss.

    A horror film custom-made for fans of the aesthetics of that era’s Mann & Friedkin is Panos Cosmatos’ Beyond the Black Rainbow, featuring a soundtrack from Sinoia Caves (a side-project from Black Mountain’s keyboardist).

    I remember the first time I saw it there was a scene in which Graham hypothesizes that the Tooth Fairy is the product of child abuse, but as an adult needs to be killed. Apparently that was removed in most versions, now I can’t even find clips of it. Of course, Hannibal himself would later be given a traumatic childhood, but the less said about that the better.

  2. Alexander Miller says:

    Great article, I love Manhunter, and Michael Mann more so than most people should.

  3. Jackson H. says:

    Perhaps I need to give this film another shot, because I didn’t care for it when I first saw it ten or so years ago. It’s possible I still wouldn’t like it, though; all the elements you are praising here (the synth-heavy score, the clean aesthetic, even Peterson’s performance) were the very things that rubbed me the wrong way. I find the 80’s films I love most are the ones that feel the least like a product of their time, and you certainly can’t say that about Manhunter.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      There was a small piece about this movie in AV Club a few years ago that asked whether Manhunter looks like the 80s or the 80s look like Manhunter.

      – David

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