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The Silence of the Lambs: Oscar-Winning Horror Film That Still Terrorizes People

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

01st Nov, 2020. 08:24 pm
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The Silence of the Lambs: Oscar-Winning Horror Film That Still Terrorizes People

The Oscar Awards, the world’s largest film academy, have been around for more than nine decades, but would you believe that only one horror film has won its biggest award in such a long time?

Yes, so far in the 92-year history of the Oscar Awards, only one horror film has won the Oscar for Best Picture, which was not based on supernatural powers by nature but was based on a psychological frightening story.

The Silence of the Lambs was released in February 1991, marking the 30th anniversary of its release, but so far this thriller masterpiece has terrified viewers, as Anthony Hopkins plays a dangerous mental game with Judy Foster. The process runs smoothly in the bones.

The film is still considered one of the best films, with the American Film Institute calling it the 5 most influential thriller films of all time, while the main characters were named the best heroines and villains.

The film, directed by Jonathan Demi, was nominated for seven awards at the 1992 Oscars and won five major awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Adapted Script.

The story of this film was taken from the 1988 novel of the same name written by Thomas Harris.


Anthony Hopkins played Hannibal Lecter, a human-eating psychologist and serial killer who is imprisoned.

Clarice Starling is played by Judy Foster, an FBI agent who is hired to interview Hannibal Lecter to help her find another serial killer, Buffalo Bill, which helps young women. He would kill them and separate their skin from their bodies.

Over time, Hannibal begins to feel attracted to the agent and promises to help find the unknown killer, but in return offers to move from the current prison to another location. , Is not acceptable to the authorities.

Another victim is then discovered with the help of a butterfly to kill her, while the killer kidnaps another girl, after which Clarice is given the power to make a fake contract with Lector. Under which Buffalo was promised to be transferred to another prison for helping in his capture.

But Lecter is said to have exchanged Clarice’s personal details in exchange for tracking down the Buffalo Bill instead of jail, stating that her father was killed when she was 10 years old.

But a high-ranking official secretly contracts with Lecter and transfers him to another location, where he provides false information about the Buffalo Bill.

Then there are the more interesting twists and turns in the story of the film and listing them here will take away all the fun of watching it.

If you like to watch suspense and horror movies and haven’t seen this movie then definitely watch it, it won’t disappoint.

It has 3 parts in total but this is the best part.

Interesting facts

Here are some interesting facts about this movie:

It’s hard to believe, but this psychological horror film was released on Valentine’s Day, because its distributor, Orion Pictures, wanted another of his films, Dance with the Wolf, not to compete in the 1991 awards season.

It was the third film to win five major Oscars at the time, followed by Eight Happened One Night in 1935 and One Flowover Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1976.

Thomas Harris’s 1981 novel The Red Dragon was filmed in 1986 in the form of Man Hunter, which did not impress much.

That’s why producer Dino de Laurent gave the rights to Hannibal Lecter to the producers of The Silence of Lamb for free, which grossed more than 27 270 million.

Anthony Hopkins was not the first choice for the film but was offered to Sean Connery, which he found disgusting, and later the names of Daniel Day-Lewis and Derek Jacobi were considered.

Interestingly, Anthony Queen won the Oscar for Best Actor for this film, but her role in the nearly 2-hour film lasted only 24 minutes and 52 seconds, making her the second person to receive the award. Also has the shortest screen time character.

Anthony Hopkins used the fear of doctors and dentists to create a wave of terror in the audience, using white clothes for this purpose because he believed that people are afraid of white clothes of doctors.

For the film, Anthony Hopkins researched various serial killers for his role, went to prisons and met with the killers to understand their psychology.

Serial colour Buffalo Bill’s role in the film was a combination of 3 real serial colours, even Thomas Harris participated in a serial colour trial and gave him a copy of one of his novels.

The butterfly skull was photographed in the movie poster.

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