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Olson on Noir! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Michael Mann's "Manhunter," the first of the various big-screen Hannibal Lector thrillers, starring Brian Cox as the incarcerated cannibal killer. Tom Noonan is the creepy serial killer at large, and William Petersen the detective on the case.Before The Silence Of The Lambs there was Mann’s stylish Dino de Laurentiis-sponsored Hannibal Lector serial killer movie. Based on the Thomas Harris novel, this underrated initial film version of the story exists in more various edits than Heinz has ketchup. TV shows such as Millenium and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation owe a great deal to Manhunter. »
- Trailers From Hell
In the world of horror cinema, the best way to fight a monster–be it supernatural, human, or natural one–is with a character that possesses special knowledge and skills. These experts, recruited into battle by other characters or colliding with the conflict intentionally, are the savants of the horror world.
Examples of savant characters include David Warner’s bat expert Phillip Payne in Nightwing, Zelda Rubinstein’s spiritual medium Tangina in Poltergeist, Matthew McConaughey’s dragon slayer Denton Van Zan in Reign of Fire, Lin Shaye’s paranormal investigator Elise Rainier in Insidious, and Otto Jespersen’s monster killer Hans in Trollhunter.
This article, divided into three sections based on what type of monstrous force is being fought, focuses on the greatest savant characters the horror genre has to offer.
Vs. The Supernatural
- Terek Puckett
When the doorbell rings in the middle of the night or you hear a handle being jiggled in the dark, chances are that fear runs through your veins while you anxiously begin to fantasise about all the terrifying home invasion movies you’ve seen over the years.
A home invasion, after all, is one of the most terrifying and violating things that can happen to a person or a family – their sense of safety, trust and peace of mind is completely shattered. It’s genuinely something with the ability to scar a person for the rest of their lives. And it’s also something you would only hope ever happens in the movies and never to yourself.
Here are 5 of the most popular, most lucrative, and most terrifying (except one) home invasion movies ever made, all of which happen to be the highest-grossing in this particular sub-genre…
5. Fear (1996)
- Miles Young
Helgenberger, who played cucumber-cool-but-caring forensic scientist Catherine Willows to boss Gil Grissom (William Petersen)’s über-rational approach, will help the team solve a cold case that has evaded them for more than a decade.
According to CBS, in the special episode we’ll see the team investigating a homicide that occurred at the home of a former casino mogul, who was also suspected of an all-too-similar crime that happened 14 years ago.
Helgenberger appeared on the show for a 12-season run, »
- Jennifer Arellano
Marg Helgenberger is returning for the 300th episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, set to air October 23. Helgenberger, who’s starring in the new CBS drama Intelligence, will reprise her original character Catherine Willows who returns to help solve a cold case that has haunted the team for 14 years. The milestone episode will be celebrated without the other original longtime lead, William Petersen, who played Dr. Gilbert “Gil” Grissom. Helgenberger appeared for 12 seasons on CBS’ CSI before her last episode aired on January 25, 2012. The 14th season of CSI premieres September 25 at 10 Pm. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
In the early '80s, Sean Young's big-screen career rise was meteoric, jumping from a bit role opposite Bill Murray in the army comedy Stripes to starring with Harrison Ford in the sci-fi classic Blade Runner -- and then raising pulses with a steamy back-seat sex scene with Kevin Costner in a limo in No Way Out. But after a career lull in the '90s and various off-screen antics that turned her into a tabloid target, Young is back on the big screen and ready to show that she's here to stay in the haunting backwoods supernatural drama Jug Face.
Exclusive Trailer: Scary Thrills in 'Jug Face'
The story of a pregnant teen (Lauren Ashley Carter) looking to escape her small town because she fears she'll be sacrificed to a mysterious pit that kills in exchange for keeping the community safe, Jug Face casts Young as Loriss, the girl's »
It’s a Thursday morning, and I type this laying face down on a stretch of open grass, a field somewhere in southern California. I would call it a park, but it doesn’t look like a park. I wouldn’t even call it a field to be honest, as a field to me insinuates that its in the countryside. We aren’t in the countryside. We’re in a funny part of a cosmopolitan city with boats all around us. To get to where I am positioned now, I have passed a Wookie, a bunch of Klingons, a bloke dressed up as Matt Smith Doctor Who, Tom Baker Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston Doctor Who, Wonder Woman, some Sandmen, Katniss from the bloody Hunger Games, Captain Jack Sparrow, Han Solo (he wasn’t with the aforementioned Wookie, but he did seem a bit lost), Thor; sorry three Thors (however one »
- Paul Heath
It's been a slow burn, but with four episodes left, the decision to revive one of pop culture's best known serial killers, Dr Hannibal Lecter, feels like a good one. With its autumnal colour schemes and inventive, over-the-top murders, Hannibal is a show that stands out, and that's saying a lot in this year's crowded serial killer market, overflowing as it is with blood, gore and psychological profiling. We've already had The Fall, The Following, and Ripper Street, with the final series of Dexter back on Sundays, and the Psycho prequel Bates Motel launching on Universal later in the summer. »
- Richard Vine
"Killing Kennedy" is based on the best-selling book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard that chronicles the events leading up to JFK's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963. It focuses on Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald (who has yet to be cast) and key events in their lives that led them both to Dallas that day.
In The Butler, Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who proudly serves tea at the White House to seven U.S. presidents, Democratic and Republican, while the segregated country he grew up in shudders with inevitable — and often violent — progress. Directed by Lee Daniels (Precious) and co-starring Oprah Winfrey as Gaines’ beloved wife, The Butler is based on the true story of Eugene Allen, who came to the White House in 1952 and became a favorite of many of the first families who called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home.
The film is loaded with famous faces, and the historical icons they’re playing makes »
- Jeff Labrecque
In 1971 and 1973, William Friedkin found himself on top of the film world with the one-two punch of The French Connection and The Exorcist. Then things got interesting: Friedkin’s next film, 1977’s impossibly ambitious Sorcerer, flopped, and subsequent films, such as 1980’s controversial Al Pacino S&M thriller Cruising, didn’t fare much better. Along the way, however, these titles have been rereleased and reevaluated, and opinions have changed. Sorcerer is now considered by many critics — including this one — as a masterpiece; 1985’s To Live and Die in L.A. gave us one of the best car chases of all time and introduced audiences to then-unknowns Willem Dafoe, William Peterson, and John Turturro; and in recent years, Friedkin’s film versions of the Tracy Letts play Bug (with Michael Shannon) and Killer Joe (with Matthew McConaughey) have won him high acclaim. Now Friedkin has published a surprisingly forthright and fascinating memoir, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Directed by Michael Mann
Written by Michael Mann
1981 saw the release of Michael Mann’s feature directorial debut Thief. James Caan plays Frank, a professional safecracker whose plan to settle down spirals out-of-control when he becomes indebted to an underworld criminal organization. Thief is a gritty modern film noir that bubbles with Mann’s stylish, atmospheric direction. For a first feature Thief is simply put, a masterpiece. Through Mann’s unique and effective story-telling approach, and Caan’s world-class performance, Thief ranks along side the very best caper flicks.
Frank’s mentor Okla (Willie Nelson) is sitting behind bars desperately trying to get out and Frank’s latest job goes bust when his business partner decides to walk off the ledge of a sky rise. Frank has also spent quite a bit of time in jail but with a new relationship blooming with waitress Jessie (Tuesday Weld) he’s looking to settle down. »
- Ricky da Conceição
Directed by Michael Mann
Written by Michael Mann
Manhunter is adapted from the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon, the book which introduced the world to the serial killer known as Hannibal Lecter. It came five years before Harris’s other novel was adapted to the screen ( The Silence of the Lambs), and 27 years before the NBC hit crime drama Hannibal. In between, the role of Dr. Hannibal has been reprised several more times, including Hannibal in 2001 and in a second adaptation of Red Dragon made in 2002 (under the original title). And in late 2006, the novel Hannibal Rising was adapted into the film of the same name, which explained Lecter’s development into a serial killer. Of all these adaptations, Manhunter has become the cult favourite.
This intelligent psychological portrayal of a serial killer and the FBI investigator is both complex and ingenious. The main focus here is entirely »
Hannibal, Season 1, Episode 2: “Amuse Bouche”
Directed by Michael Rhymer
Written by Jim Danger Gray
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
In framing Hannibal as a weekly procedural, showrunner Bryan Fuller populates his world with so many serial killers, it becomes hard to believe that so many of these insane, yet brilliant men can all reside in the same city at the same time. Only two episodes in, and we’ve already been introduced to three killers, with the possibility of a fourth. Yet, while the second episode of Hannibal does introduce a new ‘killer of the week’ formula, the series remains elevated by four things: direction, cinematography, dialogue and acting. Hannibal features two great leads (Mads Mikkelson and Hugh Dancy), a talented writing team; is incredibly stylish, and features some of the best cutting on television – and by that I mean sharp editing – as well as great lighting, »
- Ricky da Conceição
NBC’s "Hannibal" debuted last Thursday to mediocre ratings. The network has enough faith in it that they’re re-running it tonight at 10 Pm (9 Pm Central). And you really should watch it. It’s absolutely fantastic.
If you told me last week that I’d be singing its enthusiastic praises after one episode, I would’ve mocked you and sent you on your way. After all, does the world really need more Hannibal Lecter?
Turns out, yes.
It’s easy to forget how great the nefarious psychiatrist/cannibal/serial killer can be. Overzealous producers did a fine job of diluting his iconic presence throughout the aughts, first with a serviceable-yet-forgettable 2001 sequel, followed by a lame and toothless retelling of Red Dragon, and finally with a terminally forgettable origin story, Hannibal Rising, that was so uninspired that it looked to have murdered the franchise dead in its tracks.
Enter producer Bryan Fuller, »
- Matt Serafini
Written by Warren Ellis | Published by Mulholland Books
NYPD detective John Tallow doesn’t care about his job all that much. He could be good at it if he wanted to, but he’s more content to sit in the passenger seat and let his partner Jim Rosato be the hero. That is at least until Jim’s head gets blown off by a shotgun-wielding naked man and John has to step up and take him down solo, which he does as calmly as possible, despite Rosato’s brains sliding down the wall behind him. But the administrative and emotional fallout of a dead partner soon become the least of his problems as the damage caused by the shootout result in Tallow’s discovery of an entire apartment filled – floor to ceiling in every room – with guns, each one connected to a single unsolved murder.
Over 200 cold cases just got re-opened, »
- Mark Allen
After months of anticipation, NBC's "Hannibal" finally premiered tonight, but did it live up to the hype?
Critics were generally enthusiastic about the idiosyncratic take on the police procedural format from executive producer Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies"), with star Hugh Dancy earning especially high marks for his central turn as eccentric FBI profiler Will Graham. However, there was also a fair share of grumbling about the show's slower pace, arguably pretentious visual style and stomach-churning violence. (As noted in our review, a debate about the show's overuse of young women as victims is one worth having.)
While Dancy's character was previously portrayed by William Petersen and Edward Norton in the feature films "Manhunter" and "Red Dragon" respectively, Mads Mikkelsen has the more daunting challenge of following up on Anthony Hopkins' Oscar-winning performance as Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs." (A role which he reprised in 2001's "Hannibal" and "Dragon. »
Cinemax has given a pilot order to Quarry, a drama project based on the series of novels by Max Allan Collins (Road To Perdition graphic novel). Written by Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, Quarry is set in the 1970s and centers on a Marine sniper who, upon his return home from Vietnam in 1973, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. Combat-hardened and disillusioned, he’s recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption spanning the length of the Mississippi River. John Hillcoat is set to direct the pilot, co-produced by Anonymous Content. Hillcoat, Gordy and Fuller, all Anonymous clients, executive produce with Anonymous’ Steve Golin, David Kanter, Matt DeRoss and Keith Redmon. The Quarry pilot order comes on the heels of Cinemax renewing its freshman drama Banshee for a second season. Both Banshee and Cinemax’s first original primetime series, Strike Back, which »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
William Petersen remains one of the more sought-after actors to headline a TV show but the former star of CSI isn't ready to come back to broadcast TV ... yet. Instead, he's set to appear Friday opposite Julia Stiles in Blue, a web series in its second season from Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, In Treatment) about a single mom who's trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort. Petersen, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Chicago, plays Blue's (Stiles) father, who has been in jail for the majority of her life and is serving a life sentence. »
William Petersen remains one of the more sought-after actors to headline a TV show but the former star of CSI isn’t ready to come back to broadcast TV … yet. Instead, he’s set to appear Friday opposite Julia Stiles in Blue, a web series in its second season from Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, In Treatment) about a single mom who’s trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort. Petersen, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Chicago, plays Blue’s (Stiles) father, who has been in jail for the »
- Lynette Rice
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