On this day in Film History: Why hello Clarice…

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On this day in film history, one of the most terrifying films I have ever sat through, The Silence of the Lambs (1991), had its official New York premiere. The plot follows FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) as she seeks the advice of the imprisoned serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to catch another serial killer known as “Buffalo Bill.”

Made for only $19 million dollars, the film was a sleeper hit (meaning it wasn’t expected to do as well as it did) and grossed well over $272 million dollars at the box office.

The film is very well done, but it is so terrifying that I have only sat through it twice (it’s worth it though). Anthony Hopkins turns in a masterful performance as the completely insane (and yet so brilliant) Dr. Lecter; who keeps the audience (and Clarice) guessing as to what he’s thinking throughout the entire story.

The score for this film was composed by Howard Shore (of Lord of the Rings fame) and works perfectly to lend that extra layer of suspense to the plot.

If you haven’t seen this film before and you want to try it, one word of advice: do NOT watch this film at night OR alone if you can help it.

“Is this Clarice? Why…hello Clarice.”

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3 thoughts on “On this day in Film History: Why hello Clarice…

  1. Silver Screenings

    Confession: I have never seen this film. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed your post and the background info you provided. For example, I didn’t realize the film grossed over $272 million – not bad!

    Thanks for joining the O Canada blogathon, and for bringing the Canadian composer Howard Shore to the party!

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  2. Pingback: O Canada Blogathon – Day 1 Recap – Silver Screenings

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