aklingus’s review published on Letterboxd:
The thing about The Silence of the Lambs is that it’s still, essentially, pulp trash (and transphobic pulp trash, unfortunately), it’s just been given a spit shine and dressed up in a nice suit so that you can see it and feel like you saw Anatomy of a Murder or whatever. Manhunter is absolute pulp trash and *leans the fuck into it*, with everything luridly cranked up to 11 so that it feels like the movie is actually trying to beat the shit out of you. I saw it in a revival house and couldn’t stop thinking about it for days. It is both totally understandable and absolutely shocking to know that it bombed when it came out. But then so many great movies have. What can you do.