Here’s the real honest-and-for-true story of Hannibal Bates: He’s a pretty terrible character, made with half a dozen shortcuts to denote “EVIL!” and his death in every medium has always been the highlight of his terrible, cannibalistic career.  Though his surname comes once again from Norman Bates, Everyman’s first name is shared with Hannibal Lecter, the genius serial killer featured in several novels by Thomas Harris, including that one about the quiet sheep.  Lecter is best known as portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, but holds the distinction of being played by Brian Cox (Sergeant O’Hagen of ‘Super Troopers’) in 1986’s ‘Red Dragon‘  ‘Manhunter.’  That’s worth checking out, if only for weirdness’ sake.

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I think you mean 1986’s Manhunter, not Red Dragon. Red Dragon was the loose re-adaptation of Manhunter from 2002.

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