Happy Halloween Film Number Nine

October 15, 2011 - 7:00 pm No Comments

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to my second entry in the Halloween Top Ten film list, listing my personal favourite scary films of all time. You may not agree with my choices which will appear between 10th and 31st October, but give them a try. And note, I didn’t say horror, I said scary.

So peeps, coming in at number nine is (drum roll) <a href=”http://www.assoc-amazon.co.uk/e/ir?t=tertre-21&l=as2&o=2&a=B00005KISH” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />(1991).

“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti”

“Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is assigned to get into the mind of notorious incarcerated serial killer Dr Hannibal ‘the Cannibal’ Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to get his evaluation on the elusive Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who’s been abducting and killing young women. When a prominent senator’s daughter is kidnapped, it becomes a race against time to find her before she is killed and all the while Lecter is playing mind-games with Starling as well as any help he can provide…” The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – IMDb.   

Directed by Jonathon Demme, and winning an Oscar for Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs is the definitive serial killer film. And it is Hannibal’s enigmatic charisma as he plays word games with Agent Clarice Starling that make the film so unique. Also add a tour de force performance by Ted Levine as serial killer ‘Buffalo Bill’ and what you have is pure magic.

There are a number of scenes that stick in the mind and get the pulse raising with fear, but for me it is Clarice Starling crawling backwards in the darkness as Buffalo Bill persues her relentlessly with his night vision goggles. Truly scary and stunning.

Quid pro quo

 

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