Manhunter (Mann, 1986): Prince Charles Cinema, 6.30pm
This is on a double-bill with Silence of the Lambs. Personally, I think this is the better film but you can compare and contrast yourselves tonight.
Time Out review:
'Michael Mann hits top form with this splendidly stylish and oppressive thriller adapted from Thomas Harris' Red Dragon.
The plot is complex and ingenious: FBI forensics expert Will Graham
(Peterson), blessed (and tormented) by an ability to fathom the workings
of the criminal mind through psychic empathy, is brought back from
voluntary retirement to track down a serial killer, the 'Tooth Fairy'.
Focused on the anxiety and confusion of the hunter rather than his
psychotic prey, the film functions both as a disturbing examination of
voyeurism, and as an often almost unbearably grim suspenser. Mann
creates a terrifying menacing atmosphere without resorting to graphic
depiction of the seriously nasty killings: music, designer-expressionist
'Scope photography, and an imaginative use of locations, combine with
shots of the aftermath of the massacres to evoke a world nightmarishly
perceived by Graham's haunted sensibility. The performances, too, are
superior, most memorably Cox's intellectually brilliant and malevolent
asylum inmate. One of the most impressive American thrillers of the late
Here is the trailer.