10 Best Acting Performances In The Hannibal Lecter Trilogy

The Silence of the Lambs. Hannibal. Red Dragon. Which performance comes out on top?

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With Halloween fast approaching, the time for spooks and scares is close at hand, and maybe the most chilling kind of horror is the horror that is real. While the tales of serial killer Hannibal Lecter are fictitious, there is something extremely chilling about seeing horror villains depicted without fantastical or supernatural abilities, and instead just being everyday people with very real and dangerous attitudes.

Bringing these sick and twisted shades of humanity to life on the screen is no easy feat and requires considerable talent from the actors involved. While the legendary, bone-chilling performance of Sir Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal the Cannibal is no secret to audiences, the Hannibal Lecter trilogy features numerous other intriguing characters which are masterfully brought to life before our very eyes.

This list will count down the ten best acting performances from The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002), or the Hannibal Lecter trilogy, essentially - the three with Anthony Hopkins.

Therefore, the films Manhunter (1986) and Hannibal Rising (2007), as well as performances from the TV show Hannibal (2013-2015), won't apply.



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