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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Michael Mann's Stylish 1986 Serial Killer Noir 'Manhunter'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood October 21, 2013 at 1:17PM

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.
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Tom Noonan in "Manhunter"
Tom Noonan in "Manhunter"

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.