Saturday, April 10, 2010
the Countdown continues a Review for the Silence of the Lambs by the talented Horror writer BJ-C
Hello everyone, I apologize about not writing for you in a while but the death of my friend was a very shocking thing that prevented me from posting.
I come here today with a review by one of the most talented writers in the horror industry. she is a wonderful person and full of passion for Horror. if you have not guessed by now, the answer is BJ-C the one and only lady behind the blog Day Of the Women
please visit her blog and see the awesome posts that she always has to offer! here is the review!
There are very few horror movies that I would deem “perfect”. Films that are thought provoking, riveting, beautiful, thrilling, horrifying, and intelligent in the horror genre are very hard to come by. Quite possibly, the greatest example of a “perfect” horror film is The Silence of the Lambs. The academy seems to agree with me as it beat out all the films of the year to take home the top 5 awards including Best Picture Oscar. Here we are, almost 20 years later, and this is a film that still horrifies audiences, inspires pop culture with throwbacks to its iconic scenes, and seems to hold up like Beatles music; ageless.
Silence of the Lambs is the story of FBI trainee Clarice Starling and her hunt to solve the mystery of serial killer Buffalo Bill and to locate his next victim, a senator’s daughter. Clarice is asked to interview Hannibal Lecter, a former psychiatrist and incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer, believing Lecter's insight might be useful in the pursuit of the vicious serial killer. Agent Crawford authorizes Starling to offer Lecter a fake deal promising a prison transfer if he provides information that helps find Buffalo Bill and rescue the senator’s daughter. Instead, Lecter begins a game of quid pro quo with Starling, offering comprehensive clues and insights about Buffalo Bill in exchange for events from Starling's childhood, something she was advised not to do. Throughout the film, the chilling conversations between the two of them are finally ended when Starling locates Buffalo Bill and saves the senator’s daughter.
Despite the total screen time given to Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter being just over 16 minutes, he remains as one of the most horrific characters in cinema history. Geeksofdoom.com even named him the scariest horror movie villain of all time. It’s insane to think that he captured in 16 minutes, what millions of actors fail to do in two hours. Whether he was on the screen or not, his haunting presence lingered in the back of our minds throughout the entire film
Jodie Foster absolutely proves with her performance that she was deserving of the role over 300 women auditioned for. She showcases the perfect amount of strength and fear throughout the film with her experiences amongst Hannibal Lecter, the FBI, and Buffalo Bill. Her monologues about her childhood suck the audience into her world and she becomes a character the audience actually cares about. To be able to invest in a character in a horror movie, is a feat that almost never happens.
The film is beautifully executed in every aspect, and the amount of iconic scenes is amongst the dozen. While most people associate the film with the infamous Buffalo Bill dance, the death of the guards in Lecter’s cell is one to be admired and it is impossible to think of this film without remembering to put the lotion in the basket.
When it comes down to it, The Silence of the Lambs is a perfect film and one that cannot be replicated.