Halloween season is approaching fast, and movie-goers know that bumps and spooks in the night mean only one thing: Unbelievably cheesy horror films. But don’t fret, my fellow movie lovers! Why waste $7.50 on a flick you will never remember when you can opt for a chilling thriller of the ages?
Starring Anthony Hopkins as the psychopathic but intelligent Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs is so gruesomely fantastic, you won’t be able to stop yourself from seeing it again.
Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is an FBI trainee looking for glory and a way to escape her country roots. Her first big assignment is to converse with Lecter, affectionately referred to as “Hannibal the Cannibal”, a serial killer known best for eating his victims. She hopes that he will offer insight into the mind of another killer on the loose, who is at large and is holding a young woman hostage. Agent Starling soon discovers that Lecter is not a man she wants getting into her head. Bone-chillingly calm, Lecter shows no remorse for his actions, and gradually offers his help to Clarice in exchange for personal details into her life.
Hopkins gives the performance of his career, portraying psychopathic Lecter so well, it sends chills up the spine. With the line, “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti,” the viewer realizes the script is pure genius. Gritty, smart and everything an audience can look for, all Silence has to do to take one’s breath away is speak through Dr. Lecter. With little quips about that unnerve an audience to the core, the relationship between protagonist Clarice and antagonist Lecter is something to admire, given that we’re allowed an intimate view into the pair’s lives.
The most compelling part about Lecter’s character is his collected demeanor. You almost feel as if this is a man you would trust, were you in Clarice’s position. That direct eye contact is unsettling to say the least, and frightening to say the most.
With a riveting plot-line, Silence keeps an audience engaged because it’s not a film of unreal ghosts and ghouls, but about a scenario that is all too real in today’s society.
Say hello to Clarice, and goodbye to trashy horror movies this Halloween season.