This one will surprise a lot of my friends because I am an avowed non-fan of practically every horror film ever made (the Alien franchise being the largest exception to that rule). That being said, not only have I watched The Silence of the Lambs several times, I now find myself enjoying it. I certainly didn’t think it would be that way in the beginning.
I think I’ve mentioned before that when I was growing up there were certain movies I instinctively knew to stay away from, whether it was the nature of the previews or general comments, over time a list formed in my mind of “these are movies I must NOT see because they will either terrorize me or traumatize me in some way.” The Silence of the Lambs ranked high on that list for years, largely due to the reputation of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (portrayed by the legendary Sir Anthony Hopkins). The way everyone talked about Lecter, I knew he was a character that would make my skin crawl, and so I stayed away.
Then came college. I tried a LOT of different films in those four years, and at some point (I honestly don’t remember how), I ended up watching The Silence of the Lambs. And to my great surprise, I found myself enjoying the story. Of course the parts with the serial killer Buffalo Bill terrified me to no end (they still do if I’m honest), but this was compensated by my fascination with Hannibal Lecter. The way Hopkins brings this character to life is nothing short of fascinating, you can’t help but watch him whenever he’s on screen.
If you haven’t seen this film before, The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 adaptation of the 1988 novel of the same name by Thomas Harris and tells the story of Clarice Starling, a young FBI agent who is assigned to help track down the notorious serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill. To do this, she must interview another notorious serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, once a respected forensic psychiatrist who is locked up in a mental institution after it is discovered he is a cannibalistic serial killer (he eats parts of his victims’ gourmet style).
The Silence of the Lambs is proof that you shouldn’t let a film’s reputation scare you. If I’d never tried this film, I would never have realized that I enjoy psychological thrillers. This film is also what made me a huge fan of Sir Anthony Hopkins. Not to mention it also has an amazing score courtesy of Howard Shore. If you get the chance, definitely try this film, you just might find yourself liking it.
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