#25 – Countdown to Halloween: SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

The Silence of the Lambs is one of the greatest and most influential horror films of all time. Based on the 1988 novel by Thomas Harris, the movie was released in 1991.Not only did it shock and disturb audiences everywhere, but it set a new standard for horror movies. This was not just another gore-filled hack-and-slash. This is a complete mind-blowing thriller, and one of my favorite movies of all time.

In The Silence of the Lambs, Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is a FBI agent looking for a serial killer known as “Buffalo Bill” (Ted Levine).

She goes on a series of interviews with incarcerated serial killer/cannibal/ex-psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). Lecter is held at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, which is a highly secure facility for the most dangerous criminals.

This movie does not begin by throwing gruesome blood and guts at you. It simply screws with your mind.

Lecter gives Starling a lead by asking her to track down one of his old patients, whom she finds out is affiliated to Buffalo Bill. Since Lecter is an educated psychiatrist, he is forced to notice the weaknesses of the young FBI agent, and he seemingly begins to get to her. Lecter decides to do a trade-off of information with Clarice. She tells him a little bit about herself and her past, how she grew up, etc… and he tells her another clue about how to get to Buffalo Bill. The title comes from a piece of Clarice’s childhood, when she went to live on a farm with relatives and tried saving a lamb from being slaughtered, and could not.

Clarice looks over the case files intently and notices more details about how to get to Bill. He knew a victim personally, and he was using the skin he removed from all of the women who were victimized. During all of these events, Lecter escapes from his facility after killing two guards.

The end of this movie is probably my, and many others’ favorite of all time. As Lecter calls Starling from an airport, he explains that he can’t chat long because he’s “having an old friend for dinner”.

DISGUSTING… and BRILLIANT.

Overall, I would give this movie a 5 out of 5.

It swept all 4 major Oscar categories and has become one of the most iconic horror movies of all time. It is filled with so many little creepy and unsettling things, like what Buffalo Bill is attempting to become. Another very scary theme is the way all of the women were attacked. I was very young when I saw this, and to me, watching this movie is almost like seeing what could easily be a Law and Order: SVU episode turn into a freaky, nauseating and shocking scene when you see Bill attack for the first time. Other than those weak bastards who claim they “just don’t like horror movies”, I do not know a single person who did not like this movie. In fact, I cannot think of a single person who thinks it was “okay”. It is widely adored.

Silence of the Lambs is the second part in the ‘Hannibal Lecter’ series, which consisted of the novels Red Dragon (Which spawned 2 movies – ‘Manhunter’ and ‘Red Dragon’), The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising. I love them all, but this one is my favorite.

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One thought on “#25 – Countdown to Halloween: SILENCE OF THE LAMBS”

  1. a very good point:

    “I do not know a single person who did not like this movie. In fact, I cannot think of a single person who thinks it was ‘okay’.”…

    i’d never thought of it like that till just now!

    Like

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