A young FBI cadet is forced to confide in a convicted
sadistic serial killer in order to catch another killer.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Written by Ted Tally
Starring Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn,
Ted Levine, Anthony Heald
Based on the novel by Thomas Harris
Oscar Wins - Best Picture, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins),
Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay
Oscar Nominations - Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing
The Silence of the Lambs is one of the best horror thrillers ever made. This film is iconic in so many ways and introduced us one to of the most terrifying movie villains in history: Dr. Hannibal Lecter, played impeccably by Anthony Hopkins. His charm, his wit, his penchant for eating the rude, everything about Hannibal makes him so delightfully creepy.
Jodie Foster remains the only actor to ever successfully adapt the character of Clarice Starling to film (sorry, Julianne Moore) and Ted Levine will never stop creeping us out as the disturbingly psychotic Buffalo Bill. TSOTL proved that horror films can win awards and even go so far as to sweep the Oscars and take home best picture. And to this day, it remains one of the creepiest films of all time.
The Silence of the Lambs is one of those films that proved horror doesn't have to be just blood and guts, but could actually be smart as well. The film has become a classic since its release and swept up many of the Oscars, including the likes of Best Actor and Best Picture. It introduced the world to the likes of Clarice Starling, Buffalo Bill, and Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The latter of whom has gone on to be a pop culture icon.
Jodie Foster does a wonderful job in the role of Clarice Starling. She brings a certain smart, but naive, presence to the role of an FBI trainee. Ted Levine proved himself greatly in his first onscreen role as serial killer Buffalo Bill. He was creepy, psychotic, and unforgettable as the character. The standout, though, is Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. His ability to bring charm, wit, and general psychosis to the role has created an icon in the world of cinema. His performance is beyond amazing and a huge reason this movie works so well.
The Silence of the Lambs is a great horror movie that proved the genre can be smart and win Oscars. It's a classic that introduced the world to the suave, yet evil, Hannibal Lecter and remains creepy to this day.