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Red Dragon is a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs, about FBI agent Will Graham getting help from the notorious Hannibal Lecter to catch a serial killer.


We’ve all seen The Silence of the Lambs. (Which, by the way, is currently available to watch on Netflix Instant Streaming.) It’s a fascinating psychological thriller about serial killer Hannibal Lecter, who eats the body parts of his victims. Even more fascinating is his ability to get inside your head, as he is a brilliant psychologist.

I recently watched The Silence of the Lambs because of the effect a certain song had on someone I know. This person (who shall remain unnamed, so he shall not suffer any further humiliation) was telling me about the song “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus. How, when the song started playing at a party, he couldn’t resist the urge to undress, tuck his junk between his legs, and dance like serial killer Buffalo Bill in the movie, all the while saying “Would you f#*% me? I’d f#*% me. I’d f#*% me hard.” YIKES! This perverted anecdote was so entertaining, and I didn’t remember that scene from the movie, so I watched it again, and there it was… exactly as my good buddy had reenacted! (Let us all learn a lesson, don’t get drunk and listen to Q Lazzarus.)


  • Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes
  • Rated: R for violence, grisly images, language, some nudity and sexuality.
  • Released: 2002
  • Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery, Psychological Thriller
  • My Opinion: Better than The Silence of the Lambs


FBI agent Will Graham was almost killed by Hannibal Lecter, and that’s how Hannibal the Cannibal got caught. Agent Graham is asked to help on the case of The Tooth Fairy, a serial killer that is expected to strike again very soon. And when Graham gets stuck, he asks his old friend, Dr. Lecter, to help him profile the killer.


Red Dragon was The Silence of the Lambs, only better. Everything was upped a notch, the suspense, the fear, the toying with your mind, the deadline, the killer. Perhaps this is because Hannibal Lecter so completely instilled fear into us in The Silence of the Lambs, that it carried over into this movie, and we got to see him play with a different, more personal puppet than Clarice.

The cast itself was fabulous, Anthony Hopkins OWNS the character of Hannibal. Edward Norton nailed the role of a man facing the monster who tried to kill him. And Ralph Fiennes was downright disturbing in his portrayal of a sociopath killer. In fact, I think Fiennes stole the show, the man is a very talented actor.  (He pulls off a good Lord Voldemort too.)  Also some great parts played by Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In my opinion, Red Dragon deserves two thumbs up! I highly recommend this intelligent, grisly, scary, intense film!



If you liked Red Dragon you might also like Murder By Numbers, starring Sandra Bullock, about a homicide detective profiling two teenage killers.