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Best Hannibal Lecter Costume Guide
As one of Hollywood’s most feared killers, Hannibal Lecter has been portrayed by various actors in the last few decades. Mads Mikkelson appearing in the TV series Hannibal, Gaspard Ulliel as the young Hannibal in the film Hannibal Rising, but thriller fans will know there is only one true Hannibal Lecter–Anthony Hopkins from Silence of The Lambs.
In horror movies, the villain often has a variety of traits–enormous size and strength, skill with weapons, or sometimes even super-powers. What makes Hannibal Lecter so unique is that he possesses none of these, yet is still more terrifying than others. As a true psychopath with incredible intelligence, Lecter can get inside the heads of his many victims and still wreak havoc from inside a prison.
If you want to transform into the sophisticated, flesh-eating psychopath Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter, you’ll need a Prisoner Jumpsuit, Straight Jacket, Hannibal Mask, Corporate Wig, and Black Dress Shoes.
Hannibal Lecter Cosplay Costumes
The image of Dr. Hannibal Lecter strapped to a trolley in a straight-jacket with the now famous face mask preventing him from biting people is one of the most terrifying sights in cinema. Anybody who has a leaning towards playing villains in their cosplay endeavors will absolutely love dressing up as Hannibal the Cannibal. Maybe you can find a friend to dress as Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling character, or even the eccentric Buffalo Bill (but maybe not from that one scene if you’re heading out in public – you know the one we mean!)
Another cool idea would be to get some friends together and dress as cinema’s most feared villains–maybe Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees, Michael Myers, or any other bad guy you can think of! Make sure you send along a few photos of you in your best Hannibal Lecter gear to be featured!
About Hannibal Lecter
Dr. Hannibal ‘The Cannibal’ Lecter was first introduced in Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel Red Dragon, which was also a feature film in years to come. The Red Dragon story didn’t come to cinemas until years later though, after the enormous success of Harris’ second book in the series and its film adaption The Silence of The Lambs.
Lecter was played by actor Anthony Hopkins and produced one of the finest performances as a movie villain. In The Silence of The Lambs and the subsequent Red Dragon and Hannibal films featuring Hopkins, the psychopathic doctor is portrayed as a sophisticated, well-spoken member of society. He has classical tastes and a strong dislike for bad manners. In Silence of the Lambs, Lector is behind bars and helps a young FBI agent track down a serial killer. Nothing, however, is ever as it seems with Lecter–his main goal is to use the opportunity to escape from custody. In all his film and TV appearances, Hannibal Lecter is intelligent, manipulative, and the true definition of a sociopath.