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Hannibal Rising: Epic Cut (SPOILERS)




Hannibal Rising (Epic Cut) v2 is a fanedit based on the unrated, extended version of the film. The main goals of this edit are:

• rescue these characters (and us) from drowning in a sea of constant expository dialogue
• remove unnecessary flashbacks
• remove portions of flashbacks and dialogue that give away too much too early
• trim overacting, especially of Hannibal and Dortlich
• tighten up action and make the story more believable
• make Hannibal’s father less of a dolt
• make Hannibal’s mother less annoying

Original unrated length: 2h 10m. Edited length: 2h 1m.

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Detailed description of edits in chronological order, changes for version 2 noted with V2:

  1. V2: Reinstated original opening title but added “Epic Cut”.
  2. V2: Cut young Hannibal’s lispy VO line “let’s go” as the bombs start dropping. He sounded like Stewie Griffin.
  3. V2: Cut the father directing the loading of a small bathtub.
  4. Cut the father’s on the nose line during the evacuation of the Lecter castle, “the cart is packed, everything is ready.” Cut the mother’s obvious drawn-out decision to leave the letters in the bedroom drawer. Now she quickly leaves, and the father appears more in charge of things. V2: better audio transitions.
  5. Cut the father’s odd statement to his children during the wagon ride, giving them what amounts to an adult military briefing. It’s obvious the bombs exploding nearby warrant immediate evacuation. V2: reinstated dialogue about being safe at the lodge.
  6. V2: Cut the mother’s line “mamma’s pearls.” Wanted to do an audio only cut but there was not always a clean center channel.
  7. Cut the mother’s “pearls before swine” line. She’s acting bizarre and literally explaining the symbolism in front of our eyes.
  8. Cut Grutas’ sniffing the peasant and his line “are you a gypsy” so we see less of henchman Dortlich’s distracting toothy grin to show us how bad he is.
  9. V2: Cut Dortlich’s toothy face cackling after the “show us your dick” line.
  10. V2: Reinstated the forest scene with young Hannibal and his father but trimmed it so that the father is no longer giving inept orders to find some food.
  11. Cut father’s lines “what’s that?” and in V2: ”Russians!” when the tanks storm the lodge. He sounded way too incompetent.
  12. V2: Cut one of the three reaction shots to the plane about to crash.
  13. V2: Cut VO from mother and young Hannibal as she stumbled, dying after the crash.
  14. V2: Cut young Hannibal looking up to the sky in anguish after his mother dies.
  15. Cut Dortlich’s line “isn’t that the SS major?”
  16. Cut Grutas’ filler line during the execution of the SS Major: “and now I am in business for myself.” V2: this cut was now accomplished with just audio, allowing for more video footage and suspense.
  17. Cut some of Dortlich’s extended harassment of young Hannibal and Mischa when Grutas’ gang takes over the lodge. Yes we know they’re bad.
  18. Cut Grutas’ over the top eating of the bird added in the unrated cut.
  19. Cut the gang hungrily leering at the children, suggesting too early they were in true danger of being eaten. Now Act 1 ends with the more subtle burning of Mischa’s photograph to keep warm. V2: better audio transition.
  20. Cut the orphanage headmaster’s lines about Hannibal not respecting the human pecking order and hurting the bullies. It’s absurd expository dialogue that no one would actually say.
  21. Cut the “who’s there” line by the house guard to Hannibal as he arrives unannounced at Lady Murasaki’s estate in France. Trimmed amount of time Lady Murasaki stares out the window.
  22. Significantly trimmed Hannibal’s bedtime nightmare sequence at the estate to reduce overuse of flashbacks. Kept enough flashback so his bloody lip makes sense. He now has someone who cares to wake him up quickly.
  23. Cut the flashback when Hannibal slices his thumb while trimming the plant. We need less early hints of Mischa’s exact fate.
  24. Cut the sexually playful sword fighting lessons. Hannibal becoming Lady Murasaki’s martial arts student seems comically out of place. It’s already clear from the orphanage that Hannibal knows how to use sharp things to hurt people.
  25. Cut the expository definition of Vichy given by the police officer interviewing Hannibal and Lady Murasaki after fighting the butcher. For those of us who don’t know Vichy were Nazi collaborators, this can be inferred later through context clues.
  26. Cut police officer’s lines about Hannibal becoming a doctor and being careful with his hands. This just comes across as a clumsy set up so we have an unneeded early hint Hannibal will go to medical school.
  27. Moved Lady Murasaki’s line “Hannibal needs peace” to offscreen voiceover as Hannibal is about to unsheathe a Samurai sword.
  28. Cut Hannibal’s line “Paul Momund, the butcher” as he confronts the butcher. This is to avoid over-introducing the very memorable butcher character from a prior scene as if we forgot who he was. V2: Made cuts using audio this time, also removing the line “Paul Momund” and keeping more video footage so the edits are less abrupt.
  29. Cut Hannibal’s line during the execution of the butcher “do you see how your mouth stains the air?” Also cut Hannibal holding up the bad drawing that then receives improbable blood spray. The result is a tighter, more believable scene. V2: Made cuts using audio this time, keeping more video footage so the edits are less abrupt.
  30. Cut the inspector’s VO line to the driver “wait for me” as he arrives at the coroner. No need to establish it’s the inspector. We can see that it’s him when he walks inside. V2: Made cuts using audio this time, keeping all the video footage for breathing room.
  31. V2: In the coroner’s office, cut some of the police chief’s ass kissing lines to the inspector. The writer/director of the film surrounded the inspector with clods to make him seem more capable.
  32. Cut the cook’s shoehorned culinary lesson to Hannibal about fish cheeks. Unnecessary expository.
  33. Cut inspector’s line “It’s monstrous” when reading Hannibal’s polygraph tape. It’s a bit early for him to come to that conclusion.
  34. Cut before Lady Murasaki removes her motorcycle helmet in a painfully obvious reveal. We can pretty much guess with certainty it was her dropping off the butcher’s head to help cover up Hannibal’s involvement in the murder.
  35. V2: Cut the line of the accountant advising Lady Murasaki she will have to let the staff go.
  36. Cut the flashback of Hannibal gone wild when Hannibal and Lady Murasaki view the artwork of the sacrifice of Isaac. V2: fixed the V1 gong sound from the flashback suddenly coming in.
  37. Cut part of Lady Murasaki’s line about memories being a knife that can hurt you. We know knives hurt.
  38. Cut portions of Hannibal’s sodium pentothal flashback clearly showing Mischa was murdered. The main purpose of this flashback is for Hannibal to learn the dog tags identifying his targets are at the lodge.
  39. Moved the young Hannibal rescued in the snow portion of the flashback to a later scene (the deposition).
  40. Cut Dortlich’s line “the lodge” to avoid obviously narrating Hannibal’s arrival at the lodge.
  41. Cut Dortlich using binoculars, watching Hannibal in the ruined lodge holding his mother’s jewelry high up for all to see. It’s not believable for him to see this through binoculars given the conditions. Dortlich’s primary motivation here is to scare Hannibal off, not rob him. V2: Dortlich no longer uses binoculars this time as it really adds nothing.
  42. Cut Hannibal’s overacted primal scowl after he subdues Dortlich at the ruined lodge.
  43. Cut Hannibal’s line “Mischa” when burying the child’s skull and teddy bear. We know who he’s burying.
  44. V2: Cut discussion of the bubbling bathtub and Mischa’s death during Dortlich’s rope interrogation.
  45. Cut the flash to Grutas’ face during Dortlich’s rope interrogation. We know who he is.
  46. V2: Cut the sound of Dortlich’s head dropping to the ground. The rope alone would not have fully decapitated him.
  47. V2: At the Dortlich murder scene, fixed incontinuity of investigating officer removing his glove which was already removed in the previous shot.
  48. Cut the investigating officer’s lines advising that Hannibal picked mushrooms and made a brochette with Dortlich’s missing cheeks. Now we just see the officer digging up burnt mushrooms knowing he might be smart enough to put two and two together.
  49. Cut Lady Murasaki’s line “you smell of smoke and blood” when Hannibal returns to France. She’s not a bloodhound or a walking bad fortune cookie.
  50. Cut flashback to Mischa’s bracelet when we see it on the henchman’s little girl at the restaurant. Hannibal says soon enough where he recognizes it from.
  51. V2: Cut Grutas’ line to Kolnas “bring me a covered dish next time.”
  52. Cut some of the short henchman’s not so subtle spy camera photos of Lady Murasaki walking in public. We know you’re little buddy but people can still see you.
  53. V2: During the formaldehyde tank execution scene, trimmed the little henchman’s line about Grutas killing Mischa quickly.
  54. Moved full flashback scene of young Hannibal rescued in the snow to the end of Hannibal’s deposition. Now Hannibal feels fully set free by his testimony.
  55. Cut the inspector’s egregious commentary to his bored looking colleague after Hannibal’s deposition. The inspector provided exposition about how Hannibal is an insane monster whose heart died with Mischa and one day doctors will study him.
  56. Trimmed Hannibal’s splashing of a flammable liquid from a bottle into Grutas’ bathtub.
  57. Cut Grutas’ extra gross line about Lady Murasaki’s asshole and his line “take her away.” Both sounded like a bad comic book villain.
  58. Cut Grutas’ line to his henchman during the move of the captive women-- something along the lines of don’t bite the women bite their buyer’s gold… Good advice (the not biting part) but bad dialogue.
  59. Cut an added unrated version scene where Grutas licks the captive Lady Murasaki’s face. He licks it in a later scene. This scene was just practice footage really and should not have ever been included in the unrated release.
  60. Cut Grutas’ bad filler VO to the captive Lady Murasaki about Hannibal eating cheeks. Silence works better here. V2: Made cuts using audio this time, keeping the entire video sequence.
  61. Cut Grutas’ part of a line referring to Hannibal’s balls as a “velvet bag.”
  62. Reduced Hannibal’s reaction time with the broken sword so he’s not casually watching Lady Murasaki about to be raped.
  63. Cut Hannibal’s anguished, over-the-top scream to the heavens and some of him hissing before he slices up Grutas’ chest. Now his reaction to learning he was fed his sister in a broth is more immediate and instinctive.
  64. Cut Hannibal explaining the obvious: that the letter M carved into Grutas’ chest is “M for Mischa.”
  65. Reduced Lady Murasaki’s reaction time to stab the captain and the captain slumping, and cut waiting for him to bleed out.
  66. V2: Cut Lady Murasaki’s final line as Hannibal flees into the woods: “Hannibal.”

heil palpatine.


Would recommend! Adds some much needed subtlety to the movie while fixing other errors.


Thanks for watching my edit of Hannibal Rising, Jimmy. I’m happy you liked it. If you have any criticisms feel free to share as well as this was my second time using Premiere. This is good practice for me preparing for The Rise of Skywalker.

heil palpatine.