I didn't see Red Dragon when it came out for a a few reasons.
- I had already read the Thomas Harris book Red Dragon
- I had seen Manhunter at least three times
- Brett Ratner is not my favorite director
- I had skipped the other Hannibal Lecter movie, I think. The one with Juliann Moore and Ray Liotta, because nothing about what I read made me want to see it. And I never have seen it.
I've also never seen The Hannibal Prequel or the NBC TV show. I just don't know that I'm that into a protagonist who consumes other humans. That's not a judgment on the wide Hannibal Lecter fanbase, that's more a "wondering aloud" sort of comment. I will say this, having watched Silence of the Lambs again prior to the New Year, and then watching both movies did restore my appreciation for the subtleties that originated in Harris' novels that have made it to the big screen, and for how Hopkins and his fellow actors brought that to life.