First Response to Red Dragon Trailer

Well, bugger me cross-ways.

I think my mouth hung open all through watching this trailer. I am creeped out. And aroused. And hooked.

Armitage is really pushing the boat out in this role. I had not thought it possible after his masterful portrayal of Thorin’s madness, but boy, is he upping the game with this. Hannibal has not really grabbed me by the guts – until now. But wow, 5 minutes of Dolarhyde and I am smoking one post-coital cigarette after another while I am trying to process what I have seen. No, this is not just about the obvious reference to body, titillation, arousal, masturbation, sexual fulfillment in the trailer. It is about how he embodies the creepiness of the character in a single glint of his eyes, the slurred speech, the turn of his head, the over-emphasised movements, f*ck, even the bead of sweat rolling down his back. Armitage does the madness so well, it is frightening. It is fabulous. It is stunning to the point of speechlessness.

I can’t wait to see what Armitage is doing with the character. The sneak peek is more than promising – this character is set to be deeply disturbing, playing with our emotions between sympathy for the abused man and despise of the creature he has become. I am quite clearly still writing in a rush of excitement, not having quite processed all I have seen. And I am making judgments on the basis of a trailer, not having seen the whole work. But I can say that the trailer has confirmed I will *definitely* do anything I can to see the Red Dragon episodes of Hannibal. And I can see why Armitage could not resist playing this role, despite his prior rejection of the horror genre. And the cinematography is stunning, despite the (predominant) lack of colours! The slow panning, the backlighting, the short dof – there is strategy in this, and it enhances the Red Dragon story arc in an intensely aesthetic yet unglamourized way.

It may be premature, but I already feel like congratulating Armitage on this. This looks like another tour de force to me.

63 thoughts on “First Response to Red Dragon Trailer

  1. Holy Moly…….. 🙄 🙄 🙄
    Er überholt mich mal wieder komplett von rechts (dich von links 😉 )
    Bin immer wieder erstaunt wie er es schafft, meinen Hechelpegel nach oben zu treiben. Das verspricht ja ein unsägliches Vergnügen zu werden.

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    • ganz ehrlich – die Muskeln und der Hintern haben mich jetzt gar nicht so beeindruckt. Klar, natürlich wirkt das. Aber wow – das reduzierte Schauspielen, die Nuancen. Die AUGEN!!! Mein Gott, er kann es wirklich. Das war besser als Proctor. (es sei denn, es liegt nur am genialen Zusammenschnitt…)

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      • Es ist das Zusammenspiel von beidem. Die Körperlichkeit macht um ein veilfaches mehr Freude, wenn sie mit so einem ausdrucksstarkem Spiel korrespondiert. Da fühle ich mich in meiner blindwütigen überschießenden Uffreschung doch erst recht bestätigt 😉 Die Kompostion des Trailers ist großartig. Wenn das Gesamtergebnis hält, was diese Kostprobe verspricht, dann muss ich nachträglich Abbitte leisten für mein anfängliches Gemaule. Ja, das mit den kaputten und geplagten Typen ist ganz klar sein Ding!

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        • Die sexuelle Komponente des Killers ist mir ehrlich gesagt nicht so wichtig in der visuellen Umsetzung. Spannend wird es bei der mentalen Verwandlung von geplagtem Mann in plagende Kreatur. Klar, kann man auch mit der Körperlichkeit sympbolisieren – und sowas muss natürlich im TV auch geschehen, damit alle auch hingucken, aber die könnten mir auch nur Großaufnahmen von Dolarhydes Gesicht vs Red Dragons Fratze bieten, und ich wäre zufrieden. Boah, nee ey, wie er das macht. Er ist einfach ein toller Schauspieler. Was für ein großartiges Talent. Ich bin richtig beeindruckt. (Null Ironie)

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  2. GOOD LORD, IN HIS INFINITE HEAVEN! I am simply flabbergasted, transfixed and all around squirming as of now. I can only imagine once watching, swallowing the episodes whole with bugged out eyes, I’ll more than likely remain frozen in thought…for the rest of the night. Will I sleep? Can I sleep? Should I even bother? We shall see…or rather more likely become blinded by the artistry of Señor Armitage. …good grief! …sorry, flashbacks…

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    • Welcome Alma – to this blog and to Red Dragon hell *ggg*. By Jove, I am still picking myself up off the floor here. Less worthy topic-wise or not, but wow, this trailer makes me look forward to Hannibal infinitely more than UATSC for instance. In Armitage’s capable hands, this character arc is going to be amazing to watch. Ok, I am biased because I am his fan, but wow – Armitage embodies that role. Can’t wait.

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  3. Reblogged this on MimiCruzC and commented:
    I might be a bit sleep addled (“No kidding!” says Kathy Jones in the hotel room right now as the clock moves past 4am and I’ve not gone to bed because I can’t stop thinking or working on my PowerPoint for Secret Origin of Good Readers) deprived and stubbornly refusing to admit it. So don’t be offended by my saying that I don’t find anything arousing about it. Yes, it is creepy and chilling when he says; “Trust me, I’m smiling.” Maybe that line is always going to be disturbing, like, “want some candy?” or something like that? The Tooth Fairy is supposed to be creepy, evil, dangerous, murderous, pants-filling-poop frightening. I enjoy that part of it, but not pee my panties enjoying it. I enjoy the horror genre in every medium, well most horror anyway, I also thoroughly enjoyed reading and watching Thomas Harris’ novels adapted. Maybe I am a bad judge of that because I am too black and white in my judgements? I admit I am very rigid in my flexibility of mixing those sorts of emotional reactions. Kathy is convinced I am too, but hey, I’ve got work to take my mind of this sort of fun right? Now Kathy is wide awake and I need her brain razor sharp in five or six hours for my panel, so I better shut up and get back to my PowerPoint.

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  4. Definitely squirm-inducing! Top notch acting from Mr. A., and what a bonus to have that scene of his long, luscious, un-tattooed torso. Also, I didn’t know Gillian Anderson was in this. A very interesting cast.

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    • Quality case, no doubt. What I have seen of Gillian Anderson so far has been great.
      Muscle scenes a bonus – but I am much more impressed with his facial acting and the movements. Overemphasized, yet also strangely over-conscious. A bit like looking at yourself in an out-of-body experience. Armitage has completely hooked me into Hannibal…

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  5. Color me terrified. I stayed awake until midnight, hesitant to go to bed after watching the preview. I’ll have to blog about it later!

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    • Strange, I am not really terrified. I am completely placated and pacified (despite that terrifying scene at the end of the trailer) because of the amazing portrayal of the mental dichotomy of Dolarhyde, almost in every scene. Stunning. Physicality is completely overshadowed by the “faciality”.
      Looking forward to reading your thoughts.

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  6. Very impressive! I was convinced I would not watch Hannibal, but I’m not so sure now. The genre never appealed to me, but he is making it very difficult to stay away.

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  7. I have not watched Hannibal – my interest in horror and psych thriller waned eons ago – AFTER I gave birth, strangely enough. I read the Red Dragon as well as Silence of the Lambs years ago when the books first came out. I reread The Red Dragon about a month or two ago maybe 3 in prep for this role.

    Nothing could possibly prepare me for this.

    WHEN does Richard’s episodes start? I’ve not watched….

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  8. I knew he was going to be good in this, but I really wasn’t prepared for how good! Your reaction to the trailer was my reaction: I was mesmerized the entire time, creeped out, and amazed. The physicality is definitely there, but as you said, so is the emotional impact, complexities, and sympathy for the character, just as it was in the book. Leave it to RA to do this to us!

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  9. I had my typical overload sensation yesterday with all the Comic Con hoopla, but having just watched the trailer now, I am fully hooked back in. The opening sequence with zero dialogue reeled me in…counting the days and pricing a DVR!

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  10. Whoa. my mouth was open the whole time too! I couldn’t figure out if I was scared or turned on, LOL! but what I do know I was feeling is respect. this is a whole different level of acting for him and although I don’t like the program itself and shy away from the book, I will be watching Richard’s episodes now!
    the way he popped his back into place was awesome, and his straight as a board posture while looking at the magazine, and when he was looking at the teeth (in the ball hat ❤ ) , you could feel the sense of destiny in his body language. W-O-W..

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    • I have always felt that Armitage is particularly good as an actor when he acts with his body/face and less with words. That was even something I felt in regard to Proctor last year. I loved the reduced verbosity in the trailer, the reduction on movement of body and face. Extra creepy, of course, but also extra effective. I hope we get to hear more about his feelings while playing Dolarhyde, and how he came to D’s body language. So far I am well impressed, although I hope that he won’t be pidgeonholed into the creepy weirdo now…

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  11. Well, I’m hooked too. Looks like Richard finally has his “elephant man” and he is incredible. I’ve gone from someone who was very doubtful about looking at anything more than a few “safe” gifs and screencaps to impatience at seeing more of this character, although I’m happy to have the “clean torso” shots to fall back on if it all gets too much for me. 😉 I still won’t be reblogging any icky stuff though!
    BTW his speech not only sounded a little slurred, but as if there was an impediment – the “s” seems to start from his back teeth, rather than a sibilant sound from the front (sorry, no idea how to describe speech!) My nephew used to pronounce his “s’s” the same way

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    • Yes, definitely an impediment! (Sorry, that was the non-native speaker not knowing the difference between slur and impediment :-)) And I am like you – I really had my doubts about Hannibal. It was a case of take it or leave it, veering strongly to the ‘leave it’ side. Not anymore. I am a taker. The trailer promises to show more than glamourized murder or naked titillation. There is a fabulous sense of schizophrenia bubbling under the surface of Dolarhyde. Fascinating, because the workings of the human mind are just mysterious and challenging at the same time. I loved what I saw, and I am already convinced that RA will leave me as conflicted about the character as the book did. I had a lot of sympathy for Dolarhyde, and I suspect that is how RA is going to play him too.

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      • I’m trying to remember if Dolarhyde had a speech impediment in the book. Maybe I should reread now I’ve seen the preview. I too can see why RA wanted to take on the role – Dolarhyde is just the kind of conflicted character he loves to play, more so than any other role he has taken on. What a challenge it must have presented, one he looks like he has more than met. I don’t know how the award seasons work, but I’m already thinking this should win him something – Emmy? Golden Globe?

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        • Yes, Dolarhyde has a speech impediment in the book, too, as also the cleft palate. They’re quite faithful to the book from what I have seen so far.
          Agree on what you see re. Conflicted characters. Completely up his street. And I’d love to see an Emmy/Globe come out of it for him. But again – would it be another “supporting character” thing??? It’s time for the big guns to recognize his talent and give him a major role!!!

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      • to be fair to show there was always a lot more in it than glamourised murder and there never was any naked titillation at all 🙂 The sexual innuendo was more in fandom and in public interchanges than it ever was in the series 🙂 Thanks to silly NBC puritanism 😉
        A lot of the show is just character interactions and emotional twisting and psychology, which i am unable to tell how sane or serious 😉 It is just that this component which i’d say is around 70% of the total time actually often felt a bit contrived and poncey 😉 At the start of season 3 there was just too much of that and the plot was going nowhere. If i look back S2 was the strongest, a good mix that kept tension high but then i literally couldn’t digest Verger, i can even tolerate H more than that one 😉 But W+H were most interesting in S2.
        I have good hopes things will revive once R is on board also because the dynamics will change.
        The great lighting, the smooth filming, the cinematography has always been there 🙂 it is just the subject matter that got increasingly icky 😀 If i ever considered trying snails i can tell you now i won’t. Ew!

        But R is something else 🙂 and yes the eyes, the voice and the expression beat everything else by a mile, forget even that tight behind 😉 I am particularly impressed by the voice as he has managed to nail that particular vocal impediment to a T and also bring a slight American tinge to the accent underneath…. there seem to be no limits to this man’s talents 🙂

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  12. It is interesting you should say that because Brian Fuller in the Hannibal panel said there was a sort of war between Hannibal and Graham over Dollarhyde. Graham thinks he can be saved and Hannibal wants him to destroy himself.

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      • Kathy Jones is a wise woman Guylty. It was so nice to have her sharing my crazy life for a few days. I hope I didn’t drive her away with my no sleep, constant stress run to do everything that needs to be done. I tried not to be my usual drill-Sargent commanding self, but even if I was, it was never directed at her. Kathy is so professional and intuitively knows how to problem solve. When I had to grab one of my other girlfriends, Lorrie, to balls-out run and save a celeb mobbed in the Hilton lobby, (no, it was not who some are thinking it might be) by a bunch of girls who didn’t even look like they were old enough to drive. Kathy was left to run things on her own. There were seven security men helping us all night, but only four of them were in the stage to green room area. I never had to worry she took perfect care of the celebs answering their questions, helping and calming where she could to get them prepped for the stage mgr., as well as keeping those that were not supposed to be in the area out of the green room. Wow, it is seriously harder than it sounds. Kathy was on her toes, but it was a constant vigil to do it, for both of us. Do you know what an amazing wonder woman Kathy is? Maybe I should start a comic strip, the Adventures of Kathy Jones and her crazy-ass-over-committed-well-intentioned-friend. Thank you for sharing her with me last year!! I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, as long as she can tolerate my insane work-life, I will always want her help in these “special” celeb situations. Worth her weight in gold!

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  13. Thanks, friend, you may have finally made up my mind about watching this–I have been waffling the whole time since I first heard he’d taken on the role. I am going to give it a shot. I hate missing him in anything, but this one really had me on the fence.

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    • Hehe, I hope I am not misguiding anyone. I’ll earn ya amd draw your attention to the very last scene in the trailer – the black blood incident, I think. It’s very dark, if you pardon the pun, and very creepy. But that’s exactly it – I find it creepy, not scary as such. The mind of the mad killer is fascinatingly portrayed, as far as I have seen… I still feel a lot of sumpathy for the awkward, shunned, abused man in the Dolarhyde scenes, and almost a feeling of triumph in the ‘Becoming’ scenes – and then culminating in feeling a sense of emphatic tragedy in the madness of the Black Blood scene… Disclaimer: i might be a bit over-enthusiastic right now 😀

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        • und es so eindrucksvoll dabai knackst 😉
          der Sound ist nicht neu, sie haben das mit dem beat schon verwendet, ich fand es aber sehr clever angewendet. Sein Sprechen ist eins der Sachen die mich im trailer am meisten beeindruckt haben 🙂
          Und im Vergleich zu dem was ich da schon verdaut habe war es ertraglich LOL Die Kopfspiele waren schlimmer als die Bilder

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      • Es geht um die Musik, sie ist bei Hannibal sehr beherrschend und beeinflusst die Gefühlswelt nachhaltig. Ohne die Musik bekommen die Gesten, der Gescihtsausdruck ein anderes Gewicht.

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    • Yes, completely. All of it was really well-coordinated, even to the point of illustrating movement with sound (that “knocking” sound as he straightens his spine). I’m fired up for this, too.

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    • Yes and yes. However much I doubted the “ethics” behind a show like Hannibal – but as a showcase for his talent it is amazing. No better man for the role!

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      • I am not a big fan of the show too, but I hoped for a adaptation of the Dolly-story which is close to the source and wouldd offer a lot of room for RAs acting abilities to reveal and as it seems they did a really, really good job on that

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        • Yes on both counts. And I have to say – kudos to RA for actually realizing that and taking on a role that might have been outside his comfort-zone. He seems to have a good instinct when it comes to role choices…

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  14. And these were my instincts blowing over last night after i’d seen it 🙂 Still have to watch more time to let it settle, but this is what i thought 🙂

    The trailer… ah, i shouldn’t have been afraid! I think the gifs and stills scared me more! Especially the one with the weird teeth and his pulled face which in the trailer is only a very brief glimpse.
    It really pulled on my heard to hear him speak…. poor poor man…. just the idea that somebody would have to live with a defect like that which today can be fixed so easily, But hearing it i can just feel how debilitating something like that would be for a grown man, never mind for somebody with so many insecurities.
    And then the utter madness in his eyes… the depth of the insanity, and quite a different one from Thorin, isn’t it? This one carries so much violence and threat… very scary. The last image especially, dehumanised completely…. sigh
    Still probably the scariest for me is the one with his mouth next to Reba’s hand, which in the book was almost unbearable because of the insane thoughts the character was having about biting her fingers off and such, i was so anxious i nearly didn’t go on reading. And i can feel that anxiety in the moment, because his words are in such a dissonance to his face and especially the look in his eyes, it’ the threat that she can’t see but we can, in his eyes. I didn’t think they’d make his cleft pallet so pronounced but it makes sense as without it his speech would not be as impaired. He worked really really hard at it. I do hope he is right and in the end there will be more about his journey than the murders in this, it would make it more bearable to me, but i have to say hearing him speak just breaks me.. that is as long as i don’t look into his eyes.
    The physical aspect is not as wowing, i mean it is neither unseen nor unknown 😉 We have actually seen it all before and i actually know his back is much more beautiful in person 🙂 And i don’t like those shorts, and the tattoo obscured pretty much everything else, i feel already from the trailer that aspect will just be a tool, a way to express his torment, but the real play and power will come from his face and his voice, not from his body, however much they played that card in the promos 🙂 And that is a very good thing because he is an amazing actor way beyond that gorgeous body of his and this just proves it once again 🙂
    I’ll watch it again for sure 🙂 Just not free frame it i think 😉 this is just for now, i’ve got a lot of varied things going through my head ,. not just about this but also about the panel and such..

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