When the film Silence of the Lambs came out in 1991 (I had to Google this one – I can’t believe the movie is that old!), I remember being appalled by the concepts behind the movie, but I don’t remember the movie actually being that graphic. Because I’ve always had a love for suspense films, I remember that I actually enjoyed it.
Fast forward 22 years and I see an announcement that Hannibal will be a new television series. Because it is based on Silence of the Lambs, I thought it would be engaging.
I watched 3 episodes before I just couldn’t stomach it anymore (I only watched the 3 episodes because I have a rule – I have to watch 3 episodes before I can officially say I don’t like a show that I thought I would enjoy). The violence was just too much.
Now, when I say violence I don’t mean the usual shot-some-stuff, hit-some-people violence (which is good because some of my favourite shows – including Arrow, Grimm and Person of Interest – have some violence in them). Even The Following, which drives me crazy because of its violence -I managed to dodge much of it by going to the bathroom when I know things are going to get gross – doesn’t even begin to hold a candle to Hannibal.
I feel like extreme (and somewhat gratuitous) violence glorifies graphic and perverse violence so much that I fear people will become immune to it.
Hannibal offers an example of this phenomena. Because I didn’t want to judge the show without giving it another chance I turned it on this week — and found myself looking at the most gruesome totem pole-like design made out of human bodies. After seeing it flash over and over and over in the first 10 minutes, I knew it simply was too much!
I don’t know if I am simply getting older and my worldview is changing but I can’t believe that a show like Hannibal is appearing on television each and every week and portraying graphic death and dismemberment for anyone to watch.
Have you watched Hannibal? If so, how do feel about the gruesome images portrayed on the show?