All four Silence of the Lambs movies are available to rent for $3.99 or to purchase on Amazon Video, except for Hannibal Rising, which can’t be rented, only bought. Plus, both The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal are also available to watch on Hulu free of additional charge with the Starz add-on. The sequel Hannibal, directed by Ridley Scott, brings back Anthony Hopkins as the titular serial killer, but recasts Clarice with Julianne Moore in place of Jodie Foster. It takes place a decade after Silence of the Lambs, in both Italy and the U.S., when a disgraced Clarice tries to apprehend the escaped Hannibal.
Red Dragon, meanwhile, goes back to before Hannibal (still Hopkins here) met Clarice, and instead entangles him with FBI Agent Will Graham (Edward Norton). Hannibal Rising then ventures even further into the character’s past to show a young Hannibal, now played by Aaran Thomas and Gaspard Ulliel at different ages, on his path to become both a doctor and a killer. Out of the three films, Red Dragon has the highest score on Rotten Tomatoes.
However, if the sequel and prequels aren’t tickling your fancy, there’s still the Hannibal TV series that’s garnered critical acclaim of its own with its focus on Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will (Hugh Dancy) before the former is found out as a serial killer. Its three seasons are available for streaming on Netflix and Hulu. The newest addition to the story, Clarice, will premiere on CBS on Thursday, February 11, so it’s a great time to brush up on the lore.