“The Theatrical Experience” – Hannibal (2001)

Here’s a new article I’ll be doing every few days, where I mine my vast collection of movie tickets, and try to remember the theatrical experience at that time.  Some will probably be a lot more hazy than others, while some may be quite entertaining.

The first one, the oldest ticket I’ve found in my collection is for 2001’s Hannibal starring Julieanne Moore, Ray Liotta, and of course everyone’s favorite psychopath, Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter.  According to my stub, I saw this at the Movies 14 theater, which is I believe in Modesto, CA.  This was not long after my parents had split up, so basically once a week, my dad and I got together to “go do something” which was often go see a movie, since neither of us is the greatest social inter-acter with each other.

Anyway, we paid $6.75 for a 7:30 P.M. show on Thursday, February 15th, 2001.  Fucking California.  In most places, that’s still the price of a movie.  Anyway, I don’t remember a lot about this trip, or what it was like in the theater.  I do remember liking the movie, and outside of reviewing it in full here, I thought it was outright silly in nature compared to Silence of the Lambs, but I still liked it, mainly for the depiction of Ray Liotta eating his own brains as they are cut from him and he smiles, drooling like a fool.

This was probably one of the first times I had really seen outright gore in a movie, up to this point I had mostly seen comedies and PG-13 action movies (that is a different article altogether).  This was the first one where I felt like it was “adult” in subject matter, but the movie itself was pretty cheesy, much like the PG-13 stuff I had previously seen, so it was an odd combination.

So I remember liking it, and that my dad commented “I don’t think they had to show his brain”, and we probably went out to eat afterwards, odd as that may sound.   Not a particularly memorable theater experience, but I guess that comes with the territory of the movie.  I do remember that we were like 2 of 20 people in the theater.

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