I know he’s killing her but…
When I saw the reaction on here to this scene in Hannibal (The bottom four gifs not mine by the way) I recalled the first scene I giffed, from Saw VI.
Back in the day, at least on the message boards I was on, fans were calling the scene between Hoffman and Perez the “Erotic Stabbing” because of the way it’s done.
If you look at the way she’s touching his face and the movement of her body you will see that there is something erotic about it. As a knife is quite a phallic symbol, it makes sense that one would equate what Hoffman is doing to Perez as something sexual.
Dissecting the look on Hannibal’s face and in his eyes, in the second set, you can see lust, arousal, passion and yes it’s violent and brutal, both of them, because in each a life is being taken. Yet one cannot help but note the erotic way it was filmed.
In Saw there are plenty of deaths that aren’t nearly as erotic, and I never heard anyone refer to any other scene from Saw as an erotic death just gory.
It made me think that both of these scenes were set up to serve a purpose. Not that the media is trying to train us to think of death as erotic BUT that we as a general public already find death/murder taboo, to a point of even fetishizing it or finding it erotic. As people become more open with their fetishes and the invention of the internet, more people have begun to openly share finding things like this erotic.
Keep in mind there is nothing wrong with finding something like this erotic. It’s fictional, and it’s designed to provoke these feelings. I have no doubt that in Hannibal there will be far more scenes to come, set up to provoke erotica sensations.
My point being that these two scenes (and I’m sure countless others, I’m just not aware of them as I am not tuned into media that much when it comes to ‘erotic death’ if it happens in my fandom it’s when I pick up on it) is designed in a way to make you feel some sort of odd spark, it’s set up to be beautiful, tragic, sexy, and dark.
But that’s just how I see it.
Cue the feminist yelling about how I’m promoting rape or something.
The commentary is kinda redundant for anyone following by blog, but I enjoyed it anyways.