Posted: 3:21 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
By Richard Thompson
If you want to be scared this Halloween but are looking for something with a little more substance than your average horror flick, then “The Silence of the Lambs” is just the movie for you.
FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is assigned to the case of a homicidal nut job nicknamed “Buffalo Bill” (Ted Levine), whose modus operandi is to skin his female victims after he murders them. To gain deeper insight into the case, Starling travels to a hospital for the criminally insane to pick the brain of Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a former shrink and convicted serial killer with a taste for human flesh.
Lecter, in an attempt to play the role of psychiatrist, agrees to help Starling as long as she opens up about her own dark past. What follows is a psychologically disturbing thrill ride that will grab you until the very end.
Based on a 1988 novel of the same name, “The Silence of the Lambs” made a lasting mark on cinematic history, listed by the American Film Institute as the 65th greatest movie of the past 100 years. The movie received five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Best Actress (Foster), and Best Actor (Hopkins). In a phenomenal display of his acting chops, Hopkins earned his award after only about 15 minutes of on-screen time.
Like “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “The Silence of the Lambs” was influenced by the story of serial killer Ed Gein, so the film does show a fair amount of brutal killings. But where the former is a hack-and-slash throughout, the latter combines elements of the crime and thriller genres to present a one-of-a-kind film that has yet to be matched.
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