When somebody mentions serial killers and investigative work, The Silence Of The Lambs is probably not the first movie which comes to mind to many movie fans. After all, it's been almost 20 years since the initial release of TSOTL, and younger generations have several movies which have taken bits and pieces from it — even comedy films — not realizing The Silence Of The Lambs has influenced much of what they see today. At the time, TSOTL was irreverent, shocking, and provoking. Once it was released in theaters, I personally remember all my friends talking about it, repeating key lines from Anthony Hopkins' and Ted Levine's characters. Of course, you wouldn't get it unless you saw the movie, and saw the movie I did. After seeing it theaters...I was scared shitless. There was definitely tension in the air — even after the movie ended. I distinctly remember those who went to see TSOTL in small groups (particularly young girls) being scared to go out to their cars. And I couldn't blame them. In the theater parking lot, even I looked over my shoulder a few times before getting into my car. Suffice it to say, The Silence Of The Lambs not only scared the hek out of you, but also inspired some cognitive processes as well.
|The Silence Of The Lambs|
Features: A noticeably better video transfer, resulting in more clarity in several scenes, and a better (more realistic) color palette.
Codec / Resolution: MPEG-2 / 1080p
Movie File Size: 20.74 GB
Average Bitrate: ~19.56 Mbps
Distributor: Orion Pictures
Movie Release: February 14, 1991
This Release: March 3, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 118 mins
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Serial killers were getting more and more media attention around the turn of the last decade of the 20th Century. We started to see cable networks dedicating extended periods to one particular serial killer. Today, this seems common practice, but back then, it was somewhat unique and held the public's interest. After all, the public wasn't exposed to the sick-minded and their victims on a 24-hour basis. When The Silence Of The Lambs came along, we saw a glimpse into the world of the serial killer. We saw and felt the pain the victim was enduring. And we were horrified.
Clarice Starling is a smart and witty, but still green, FBI agent who has been asked by her boss Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) to talk with a high profile serial killer who ate his victims about a current case involving another serial killer on the loose who is evading authorities.
Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins), currently locked up at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, is hoped to have some clues to catch the nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who uses the hides of his victims for clothing.