The 'Shroom:Issue LXXXVI/Critic Corner
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"I've always found the idea of death comforting. The idea that my life could end at any moment...frees me, to fully appreciate the beauty and art and...horror of everything this world has to offer." So says Dr. Hannibal Lecter to Bella Crawford on an episode of the NBC television program Hannibal. He says this as acting psychiatrist to someone who has embraced death over a short life of agony due to cancer, but he knows he is lying, both to her and to himself. There was a point in his life when death was anything but comforting, the details of which are locked deep in Lecter's memory palace, fragmentary (but not forgotten) aspects of what likely is his personal hell. It is this point in Lecter's life that the film (and novel which preceded it) Hannibal Rising explores. Before we explore this point in Lecter's life, I will provide a brief overview of Hannibal Lecter's other appearances. In his first two, Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, he is incarcerated in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and acts as a consultant for FBI profilers Will Graham (who was responsible for Lecter's incarceration after tying him to a series of murders and acts of cannibalism) and FBI Academy graduate Clarice Starling, respectively, in their searches for mysterious and baffling killers. In Hannibal (not to be confused with the NBC program I mentioned, which is set prior to the original Lecter trilogy), he takes center stage, on the run after having escaped from the hospital, while a victim of his, Mason Verger, a pedophile disfigured as a result of a gruesome "therapy session" involving drugs, dogs, and glass, wants him dead. Clarice Starling initially goes after him on order of the FBI, but she ends up saving his life from Verger and becoming Lecter's cannibalistic lover.