Well, since I started this week’s posts with a somewhat eerie and spooky theme, I thought I’d end with one as well.
I don’t know whether it’s because Halloween is just around the corner, but I’m really getting into the SPOOKY mood.
You see, I adore being scared. Outside of documentaries, scary/thriller films are my favorite genre.
Now I don’t like overly violent or gory, scary films, I like the ones that play with my psyche; causing fingernail biting and edge-of-my-seat suspense.
A few weeks ago I watched one of my much loved thrillers, The Silence Of The Lambs.
And for those of you who have already seen it, is this not one of the BEST scary movies of all-time? Not only is it scary, but it’s also laced with brilliant sarcastic humor, due to the stellar performance of Anthony Hopkins. He layers the character of former psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Hannibal Lecter, with touches of wit, intelligence and affability so that you actually end up enjoying him and cheering him on as he plans his escape.
Hopkins creates a character that scares the shit out of you, but also makes you want to invite him to Happy Hour at your favorite pub on Friday nights because you just know he would make a great conversationalist.
Especially after a couple glasses of Chianti.
He portrays Hannibal as a polite and gentlemanly serial killer. And it’s funny because his character doesn’t even have that much screen time, but you find yourself thinking about him; eagerly anticipating his return.
Personally, I love anything that Anthony Hopkins does, but this movie is close to the top of my list.
The Silence Of The Lambs is also a classic thriller due to Jodie Foster who portrays, Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee seeking the advice of Lecter to apprehend another serial killer, known only as Buffalo Bill.
The amazing thing about Foster’s performance is that she skillfully internalizes Clarice’s terrifying fear, so that the audience feels it for her. Jodie Foster has an amazing talent for showing emotion through the deep recesses of her eyes. It’s so subtle, yet very POWERFUL.
She's a brilliant actress as well.
I love her portrayal of Clarice because she gives the character both tremendous strength and vulnerability. You can tell she’s not a lady to be messed with, yet she sustains her softness.
The most bone-chilling scene in the movie is when Clarice discovers serial killer, Buffalo Bill, in his home and pulls her gun on him, but he leads her on a wild goose chase into the basement, where he has his next victim imprisoned in a well. Buffalo Bill dons night vision goggles and turns out the lights, leaving Clarice to feel around in the dark. There is extreme suspense and tension in this scene, since we can see Foster feeling her way through the room, knowing Buffalo Bill is right near her, yet she's unable to see anything. Occasionally, he reaches out with his hand as if he’s going to grab her.
Even now, as I write this….I get CHILLS up and down my spine.
If you’ve never seen The Silence Of The Lambs and enjoy a good thriller, you’ve got to watch it. And if you have seen it, it might be time for you watched it again.
Save it for Halloween night.
I leave you now with one of my favorite lines in the film, delivered by one of the greatest actors in the U.S. and UK.
Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, as Hannibal Lecter…..
Have a faaaaaaaabulous weekend everyone!