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1991 / Thriller, Drama
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Directed by Jonathan Demme
Written by Ted Tally
Starring Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn, Anthony Heald, Frankie Faison, Anthony Hopkins, Ted Levine and Brooke Smith

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Serial Killer
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Review by Michael Mahoney

8 / 10
This is one of those very contested, borderline genre pieces. Personally, I find there enough qualities in this classic to consider it a horror flick, but if you're one of the many who just don't see the horror here, that's understandable too. That discussion aside, The Silence of the Lambs is of course a solid movie, with it's biggest strengths being the story and great performances.

It's the combination of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins that really give this movie life. Hopkins does a great job as Lecter, and despite his moderately short screen-time, he has a presence that really can't be contested in the film. Playing Buffalo Bill, Ted Levine shows a fantastic, crazy side as opposed to Hopkins' calmer form of insanity. Other performances worth noting are Scott Glenn (I love his rather straight-laced character here), Anthony Heald (who I saw somewhat recently in the 2006 comedy Accepted), and Frankie Falson (admittedly, he didn't really do much, or get that much screen-time, but he's still an actor I appreciate).

When you combine such a stellar cast with a pretty hypnotizing story, only good things can come from that, which I think is clear from the film. Though violence wasn't much the point, there are a couple of standout sequences, such as Lecter's breakout, that are well-worth seeing.

Quite often, this is a clever and psychological film, and it's obviously very well-known, and for good reason. Many probably wouldn't consider the film horror, but like other well-loved borderline flicks, such as Jaws and Identity, I certainly think it has its place in the genre. A great film with a lot going for it, this is definitely a 90's film worth seeing, if you've not already. 8.5/10 (rounded down to 8/10 to fit site's format).
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The Exorcist III (1990)

Se7en (1995)

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HauntedWeen (1991)

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