Hannibal Lecter & The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is one of the best suspenseful psycho thriller movie ever made. The scariest villains are the one who could realistically appear in our dream and life. Hannibal Lecter is a brutal killer who kills people in the most creative ways. The character introduction scene of Hannibal is mixed with danger and mystery. Clarice Starling, an FBI agent trainee, is called for a job to interview Hannibal Lecter in his jail. Boss has already warned her to be careful with lecter. Clarice meet the doctor and nurse from the jail that lecter attacked earlier. The suspense builds as clarice move towards through the dark corridor alone. The sound of her footsteps in the dark room along with a scary background score builds the suspense.

When Clarice meets Hannibal lecter, he was standing in his cell with a smiling face. Only a thick glass separates them. The first meeting of Clarice with Lecter will give a clear idea about Hannibal Lecter. When they begin to exchange dialogue, it is clear that Lecter is polite, intelligent, brilliant and he controls the situation by explaining Clarice about her childhood. The character introduction scene of Hannibal Lecter in the silence of the lambs is the combination of action, fear, mystery, anticipation and dialogues that creates a suspense mood in the audience.  Clarice continues her meeting with Lecter throughout the movie to solve the case of Buffalo Bill who is a serial killer.

Hannibal Lecter is a person with an anti social personality disorder. His personality seems to be antisocial in the fact that he does not like to interact with people. Within the movie DR. Chitton describes Lecter as “a pure psychopath”.  He behaves in an unusual way towards most people, like his first meeting with Clarice. He is cunning, intelligent and despite all of that, he is a cold blooded brutal killer. His facial expressions and gestures is enough for one to make sure that he is a serial killer. Lecter is endowed with an extra ordinary sense of smell. The way he talks is very unusual, like the way he exchange dialogues between clarice. He never blinks his eyes while he is speaking to someone. His voice is calm and has a hypnotic effect through which he control others minds. He influenced Clarice and Graham by using his extra ordinary sensitivity of senses like smell and sound. He is not interested in talking about himself and analyzing himself. It is known that serial killers usually collect something from their victims – ornaments, clothes etc. From the movie Hannibal is having a different approach and he collected the flesh and consumes them by himself. This unusual brutality shows how danger he is. His main objective is to escape from from the jail and continue his cannibalistic ways.

Anthony Hopkins plays the role of Hannibal Lecter so well.  It’s doubtful that another actor can make that character so interesting. His character makes The Silence of the Lambs an interesting film.


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