The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


Fall into the labyrinthine mind of a killer with the next entry in our Michael Mannuary series: Manhunter, the first film adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter novels.

Will Graham (William Peterson) is a retired FBI profiler having abandoned duty following a breakdown prompted by Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Brian Cox). Turning away to spend time with his wife and son, Graham is approached to tackle a case involving a dangerous killer who goes by The Tooth Fairy (a terrifying Tom Noonan): his signature being the bite marks he leaves on his victims. As he dives into the case with hesitance, Graham is given no choice but to enlist the help of the man who nearly drove him insane, therefore reckoning with his own instincts, and whether being a killer comes in more ways than one.

Featuring Mann’s eclectic use of color to highlight the duality between opposing characters, Manhunter is a thriller as atmospheric as it is hauntingly tense

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“A beautifully conceived early work from Mann, Manhunter has aged like a fine Chianti.” – NicholasBell,

“Cox’s Hannibal is a masterclass in moderation.” – Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

“Its Miami Vice sheen hides one of the most effective thrillers in recent memory; a dramatically different counterpunch to the better-known Silence of the Lambs.” – Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium