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This movie and this poster still freak me out to this day. The poster does a perfect job of building up a mystery. Unlike the rest of these posters, you don't get the whole story
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“Who wouldn't love this movie if you're a horror/psychopath lover? Buffalo Bill is a nut who is kidnapping, starving and skinning young girls and Clarice is trying to find out who
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“Jodie Foster is trying to catch the infamous Buffalo Bill who kidnaps young girls and then kills them, skins them and leaves them in various places, and Foster must try and find
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Based on Thomas Harris's novel, this terrifying film by Jonathan Demme really only contains a couple of genuinely shocking moments (one involving an autopsy, the other a prison break). The rest of the film is a splatter-free visual and psychological descent into the hell of madness, redeemed astonishingly by an unlikely connection between a monster and a haunted young woman. Anthony Hopkins is extraordinary as the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, virtually entombed in a subterranean prison for the criminally insane. At the behest of the FBI, agent-in-training Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) approaches Lecter, requesting his insights into the identity and methods of a serial killer named Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). In exchange, Lecter demands the right to penetrate Starling's most painful memories, creating a bizarre but palpable intimacy that liberates them both under separate but equally horrific circumstances. Demme, a filmmaker with a uniquely populist vision (Melvin and Howard,Something Wild), also spent his early years making pulp for Roger Corman (Caged Heat), and he hasn't forgotten the significance of tone, atmosphere, and the unsettling nature of a crudely effective close-up. Much of the film, in fact, consists of actors staring straight into the camera (usually from Clarice's point of view), making every bridge between one set of eyes to another seem terribly dangerous. --Tom Keogh
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Director: Jonathan Demme
Screen Writer: Thomas Harris, Ted Tally
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
Runtime: 118 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Lunch Average Rating: +3.9 (67 ratings)
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