Celluloid Cannibals That Feed Our Darkest Fears

By MIKITA BROTTMAN

When producer Dino De Laurentiis offered the manuscript of the new movie Hannibal to director Ridley Scott -- at the time shooting Gladiator in Malta -- Scott is reported to have replied impatiently that he was already doing Romans, that he'd had his fill of Romans, and was in no mood for going over the Alps. To a generation younger than Scott's, however -- perhaps even to the majority of Americans -- the name Hannibal has nothing to do with Romans and