The Hannibal Lecter franchise is one of the most renowned to feature a cannibalistic villain audiences can't help but love. Most fans found the franchise thanks to the 1988 film, The Silence of the Lambs, but long before that movie was made, the first book hit store shelves and started it all.
The first book in the series to feature the tales of Hannibal Lecter was written by Thomas Harris, titled Red Dragon and it was published back in 1981. Since that time, there have been three additional books published, which have been followed by a number of movies and a televisions series.
While there have only been a total of four novels about the serial killer fans can't help but love, there have been five feature-length films and a television series, which has run for three seasons by the end of 2018.
Ranking these adaptations may be subjective, but each one is considered based upon the source material and the manner in which is was adapted. Overall, the Hannibal franchise has produced some of the best media products to hit television and movie theaters in decades, but not all Hannibal adaptations are created equally... some were fantastic, which others... not so much.
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