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This Improvised Sir Anthony Hopkins Line Changed The Silence Of The Lambs Forever

The tongue clucks in “Hereditary.” Ju-on’s death rattle. The Babadook’s vocal fry. There are some uncanny sounds in horror movies that invade more nightmares than any spoken line. One such sound was ad-libbed by a knighted Oscar-winning Welshman on the set of a movie directed by a Roger Corman protege. Any guesses? The answer is […]

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Everything You Never Knew About ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

Thirty years later, and the lambs have not stopped screaming.Before “Mindhunter” and the true crime craze, “The Silence of the Lambs” was the definitive psychological serial killer story. A young FBI agent, Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), sets out to interview convicted cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in hopes to solve a high-profile kidnapping case. The […]

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Reconsidering ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’: Wolves Do More Than Wear Sheep’s Clothing In Jonathan Demme’s Complicated Classic

“The Silence Of The Lambs” is a hostile workplace environment melodrama about what women endure in and out of the home, trained to be pliant and agreeable while predated upon by superiors, peers, and serial killers who want to wear their skin without— the film takes pains to clarify — also wanting to be them. […]

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The Silence of the Lambs at 30: a landmark thriller of horror and humanity

Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins gave indelible performances in the Oscar-sweeping adaptation of Thomas Harris’s terrifying novel“You know what you look like with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube.”It takes almost no time for Hannibal Lecter, the mightiest of all fictional serial killers, to size up Clarice Starling in […]

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Revisiting ‘Silence of the Lambs’ At 30 & The Lecterverse’s Wide Menu Detectives And Demons [Be Reel Podcast]

This Valentine’s Day, “The Silence of the Lambs” celebrates 30 years of haunting imaginations and changing serial-killer cinema forever.On this week’s Be Reel, Noah and Chance appreciate the many inimitable qualities of Jonathan Demme‘s 1991 classic, including its lack of genre fealty, its simultaneous intensity and restraint, and how it perfectly positions Clarice Starling as […]

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Oscars 2021: Early Best Actor Predictions

Pandemic or no pandemic, the show must go on, and so the Oscars will be held two months late, on April 25, 2021. Back in January 2020, Sundance launched a few movies, including “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics), starring Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins (“The Silence of the Lambs”), who gives a tour-de-force performance opposite Olivia Colman […]

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‘Silence of the Lambs’ Sequel Series ‘Clarice’ Set for CBS

CBS has given a series order to “Clarice,” a drama that will follow FBI agent Clarice Starling a year after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs,” where her character originated in the literary saga by Thomas Harris.As reported by Variety, the series will hail from executive producers and writers Alex Kurtzman (a writer […]

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Retired FBI Profiler and ‘Mindhunter’ Author John Douglas on ID’s ‘Serial Killer’ Series

Over the course of the last year, I have read nearly every crime book written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, the authors of Mindhunter, which inspired David Fincher’s Netflix series of the same name. So when I was offered the chance to interview Douglas, a retired FBI profile who served as the basis […]

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