Does anyone ever point out that Hannibal rhymes with cannibal?
August 9, 2017 3:13 PM   Subscribe

That's it really. I've watched the films (a long time ago) and read Silence of the Lambs, and I've just started Hannibal. Ta.
posted by threetwentytwo to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Yes. Yes, someone does in the second season, and it's marvellous.
posted by haruspicina at 3:14 PM on August 9, 2017 [3 favorites]

SOTL script...

The psychiatrist - Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

Clarice stops walking, goes very still. A beat.
The cannibal...
posted by starman at 3:33 PM on August 9, 2017

Do you mean in a specific movie or book or show? Or just in real life? If you ever knew a guy named Hannibal, they would tell you this is the lamest/oldest joke, and the worst part is every. single. person. thinks they are super witty and fun for having pointed out this amazing fact.
posted by SaltySalticid at 3:33 PM on August 9, 2017 [2 favorites]

Definitely just the Hannibal Lecter Universe. I would never ever point it out to any real life person and would scorn anyone who would.
posted by threetwentytwo at 4:00 PM on August 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

Didn't the SOTL book point it out as the headline that the tabloids ran?
(The film mentions it too, as posted above.)
posted by Sockin'inthefreeworld at 4:06 PM on August 9, 2017

This isn't quite what you're asking for, but it cracked me up, so...a recent tweet.
posted by correcaminos at 4:17 PM on August 9, 2017 [31 favorites]

Also not what you're asking for, but I can't help myself whenever it comes up: This is what it looked like whenever Hannibal's costume department would call the wardrobe rental studio where I work.
posted by peagood at 4:45 PM on August 9, 2017 [16 favorites]

PEAGOOD, MY NEW BEST FRIEND I realize this may be very sudden, but you'll get used to it once the hypnosis kicks in

Er, where was I? This occurs in the SoTL movie. I can't recall whether it happens in Manhunter, but it would most likely be in one of Freddie Lounds' headlines if so.

As for the books, I can't recall, but someone must've because it wouldn't have ended up in the movies without that. (Well, maybe, but the directors were better than that.)

If you mean you've just started the TV series, you have to wait until the middle of season 2 before anyone questions why his name isn't, say, Hegetarian.
posted by tel3path at 5:25 PM on August 9, 2017 [3 favorites]

From the Hannibal (2001) script:
All right. Who are you?

We work for Jack Crawford. We're
supposed to keep an eye on you. To keep
you safe from - you know - Hannibal the
posted by mhum at 6:28 PM on August 9, 2017

Also, despite it not showing up in the various scripts floating around on the internet, the name "Hannibal the Cannibal" actually is in Silence of the Lambs (YouTube link to the scene):
Who's the subject?

The psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter.

Hannibal the Cannibal.
Looks like this is one of those differences between what was on the page and what ends up on the screen.
posted by mhum at 6:37 PM on August 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

Yes. Yes, someone does in the second season, and it's marvellous.

He's referred to this way in the third season, as well.
posted by litera scripta manet at 8:37 PM on August 9, 2017

I searched for "Hannibal the Cannibal" in the four Harris books, and found:

One mention in the first chapter of SOTL:

Starling looked at Crawford steadily, but she was too still. "Hannibal the Cannibal," she said.

Three mentions in Red Dragon:

“Dr. Lecter, known in the tabloids as "Hannibal the Cannibal,”

Cover lines in addition to "Filth in Your Bread!" included "Elvis at Secret Love Retreat—Exclusive Pix!!" "Stunning Breakthrough for Cancer Victims!" and the big banner line "Hannibal the Cannibal Helps Lawmen”

He was referring to Lecter, known as "Hannibal the Cannibal," who is both a psychiatrist and a mass murderer.”

(The last one is a line in a Freddie Lounds article)

I didn't get any hits for the phrase when I searched Hannibal Rising and Hannibal (the novel).
posted by litera scripta manet at 8:46 PM on August 9, 2017

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