It’s time for yet another in-depth profile in our creepy crypt of horror movie killers for MTV’s Killer Halloween, a competition in which we ask you, the best and brightest fans, to vote for the best and scariest movie murderer ever.
We’ve already provided a handy guide to the gory details surrounding Freddy Krueger , Jason , Leatherface , Michael Myers , Chucky , Ghostface and Jigsaw . Now it’s time to take a look at the man the American Film Institute named the number-one villain of the last 100 years.
Name: Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Occupation: Psychiatrist, cannibal, serial killer
Weapons: Teeth, intellect, items purchased from the Williams-Sonoma catalog
Archenemy: People who annoy him, the FBI, bad taste
Profile: Smart, serene and sinister, Hannibal Lecter is easily the most gentlemanly of the killers we’ve included in our survey. Created by author Thomas Harris in a series of horror novels first published in 1981, and later immortalized by Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar-winning portrayal in “The Silence of the Lambs,” Lecter has won millions of fans for his creep factor and cunning ways. Not to mention his way with words:
“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.” — Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs”
Horror movie expert Ryan Turek, Managing Editor of ShockTillYouDrop.com, told MTV News that Lecter’s main appeal is his cool exterior.
“Hannibal is the gentleman’s bogeyman. A class act in a pool of ragged, obvious-looking killers,” Turek said. “He’s unassuming in physicality but absolutely lethal. He’ll outsmart you at every turn and serve you up for dinner. His terror factor lies in the fact that lurking behind his amiable face is something incredibly deranged. That pleasant British fellow? Oh, yeah, he wants to split your skull open and fry your brains on an open skillet.”
Turek added that Lecter also has a certain finesse with regard to what types of individuals are to become his victims.
“Hannibal eats the jerks or those who at least catch on to who he is. I can’t imagine him suppressing his cannibalistic side in a theater of people text-messaging during a movie.”
Check out everything we’ve got on “The Silence of the Lambs.”
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