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The Silence Of The Lambs: the thinking person's monster movie

Ryan Lambie Nov 3, 2017

As The Silence Of The Lambs re-emerges courtesy of the BFI, we look at how it created one of the screen's most iconic monsters...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Silence Of The Lambs

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"Is it true what they're saying?" a cop asks FBI agent Clarice Starling around The Silence Of The Lambs' midpoint. "That he's some kind of vampire?"

The cop is referring, of course, to Hannibal Lecter, the former psychiatrist and serial killer played by Anthony Hopkins. Originally created by author Thomas Harris and making his first appearance in the 1981 novel Red Dragon, Lecter - otherwise known as Hannibal the Cannibal - has long since become a fixture on the pop culture landscape. The Silence Of The Lambs isn't specifically about Lecter - rather, it's about Starling (Jodie Foster) and
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Official UK Trailer for 'The Silence of the Lambs' Theatrical Re-Release

"Believe me, you don't want Hannibal Lecter inside your head." BFI has debuted a trailer for their restored re-release of the serial killer thriller classic The Silence of the Lambs. First released in early 1991, the movie went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, as well as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay. The BFI is re-releasing it as part of their "thriller season" this fall, and will play it in cinemas around the UK. No word on a Us re-release, but it doesn't seem like anything is in the works. The Silence of the Lambs stars Jodie Foster as a young FBI agent who tries to work with the iconic serial killer Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins, to hunt and find a murderer named Buffalo Bill. The cast includes Scott Glenn, Anthony Heald, Kasi Lemmons, and Frankie Faison. This film was such a huge success it inspired 3 sequels,
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'Silence of the Lambs'' original ending was even darker

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'Silence of the Lambs'' original ending was even darker
As part of Deadline's coverage of The Silence of the Lambs' 25th anniversary, the site has published an extended interview with director Jonathan Demme, screenwriter Ted Tally and Robert Bookman, the agent who brokered the deal that brought Thomas Harris's bestselling novel to the big screen. In a previous piece, screenwriter Ted Tally revealed/reminded us that Gene Hackman had originally intended to write, direct and potentially play the role of Hannibal Lecter; this time around, the tidbit that caught my attention was the fact that the film's ending -- which in the finished film sees Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) stalking Frederick Chilton (Anthony Heald) through an island in the Bahamas -- was considerably darker in the original script. From the Deadline story: "The Silence of the Lambs ends when Hannibal Lecter, from a payphone in the tropics, congratulates FBI Academy graduate Clarice Starling and gently warns her not to hunt him,
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Hannibal season 3 episode 12 review: The Number Of The Beast Is 666

Hannibal season 3 appears to be gearing up towards a bloody finale to rival even the spectacular end of season 2...

This review contains spoilers.

3.12 The Number Of The Beast Is 666

This week’s episode, The Number of the Beast Is 666, is a tragedy. But I mean that generically, not emotionally.

Let’s face it. Dr. Frederick Chilton is a classical tragic figure. That is, he meets all the characteristics of Aristotle’s description of that character. The purported father of tragedy described the tragic hero as being defined by five things: a tragic flaw (or error in judgement), a reversal of fortune caused by that flaw, recognition that his own actions led to his fall, excessive pride or hubris, and a fate out of proportion with the error committed.

Dr. Chilton’s flaw, of course, is that, despite the fact that he is essentially the greatest of second-rate minds, Hannibal has
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Bradley Cooper Takes A Bow At 'The Elephant Man' Curtain Call

Bradley Cooper took a bow alongside his costars for the first preview curtain call for Broadway’s The Elephant Man at the Booth Theatre on Friday.

Bradley Cooper In 'The Elephant Man'

In The Elephant Man, Cooper plays the main character John, based off of the late 19th century sideshow performer Joseph Merrick, who suffered from severe deformities. Instead of donning prosthetics or makeup, Cooper transforms into the part by contorting his clean-shaven face and using breathing techniques.

“For me, it just starts with the breath and then it sort of just happens,” the actor said during a Today show appearance.

Landing the lead in The Elephant Man has been something of a career-long dream for the 39-year-old actor. David Lynch’s 1980 film, starring John Hurt inspired Cooper to become an actor.

“It was the reason why I wanted to become an actor, because of David Lynch’s movie,
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'Lips Together, Teeth Apart': Theater Review

'Lips Together, Teeth Apart': Theater Review
The synergy between playwrights and actors is well-demonstrated in the Second Stage Theatre revival of Terrence McNally's 1991 comedy-drama Lips Together, Teeth Apart, but not in a good way. McNally wrote the work especially for its original performers — Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski and Anthony Heald, with Swoosie Kurtz replacing an intended Kathy Bates — and that estimable ensemble knocked it out of the park. This current production features a talented cast including America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) and Tracee Chimo, who wowed in the recent off-Broadway hit Bad Jews. But they fail to live up to their illustrious

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40 Great Horror Films for the Halloween Season Part 4: 10-1

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10. Videodrome (1983) directed by David Cronenberg

In David Cronenberg’s world, sex hurts so good; it’s innately disgusting and primeval but at the same time beautiful and becoming. (Kind of like sex in the real world, when you think about it.) Bodies degenerate and mental states corrode under the influence of lust, and yet something new is engendered by the collision of bodies, bodily fluids, the ripping of flesh and the mangling of organs. Through the carrion of ugly comes the attractive flesh, the new flesh. Videodrome, as Jonathan Lethem once quipped, remains Cronenberg’s most penetrative film; he creates a world at once rooted in modernity circa 1983–a world afraid of the advent of television usurping our humanity, over-stimulated times ushering in the end times–and existing in a timeless, placeless vacuum. It’s vast and claustrophobic, prescient and paranoid, of the same lineage as early James Cameron
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Silence of the Lambs Limited Edition Wine Posters

Alamo Drafthouse is delighted to announce the launch of its second limited edition signature wine, inspired by Jonathan Demme 's 1991 Oscar-sweeping thriller, Silence of the Lambs. After the success of last year's The Princess Bride -inspired "The Bottle Of Wits," the Alamo is now making an oenophilic nod to noted gourmand, wine connoisseur and psychopath Hannibal Lecter for this year's "The Cannibal Chianti", and one to elusive lotion enthusiast Buffalo Bill for the "Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio". Both wines will be available at all Alamo Drafthouse locations and online at silenceofthelambswines.comon May 29, 2013.

Mondo, the division of the Alamo Drafthouse championed for bringing art back to movie poster design, is supporting the launch of the new wine by releasing two limited edition Silence of the Lambs screenprints. The posters go on sale Thursday, May 30. Follow @MondoNews on Twitter for exact sale time.

"The Cannibal Chianti" is a Docg-wine from a
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Hannibal - Episode 6 Review

John Lucking reviews the sixth episode of Hannibal....

Hannibal’s balancing act between character and plot meant that after last week’s portrait of a married couple being torn apart we could expect Entrée to be a much more straightforward affair; luckily enough it seems Fuller and company can deliver on this front as well. Episode six marks the halfway point from of the season, and while it doesn’t quite lay its cards on the table it does drop the poker face and allow us insight into where it’s heading.

The episode begins with a Dr. Gideon lying face down on the floor of his padded cell in the Baltimore psychiatric hospital. After he’s declared unconscious he is then transported to the medical wing where he breaks free from restraints and murders his doctor. The most jarring aspect of this -other than a convicted felon being left
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Hannibal episode 6 review: Entree

Review Laura Akers 6 May 2013 - 08:00

Has stylish thriller Hannibal revealed its hand too early? Here's Laura's review of Entree...

This review contains spoilers.

1.6 Entree

I’ve never been one of those people who reads the end of the book first. I open my presents on Christmas morning, not Christmas Eve. And I never read spoilers for the movie I’m going to see. To me, anticipation is one of the best parts of any experience.

So I’m not exactly sure what to make of this week’s episode of Hannibal, Entrée.

Thus far, the show has done an excellent job of keeping us guessing. We know Hannibal will turn out bad, so the question instead becomes: how and when (and maybe why) does this happen? And perhaps, has it already occurred? The lushly filmed scenes in the doctor’s dining room have constantly teased us, by juxtaposing the meals with other events,
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'Hannibal' Season 1 spoilers: 10 things to expect in the next four episodes

Now that TV fans have a chance to invite Hannibal Lecter into their homes every week, we thought you might appreciate a little head's up on what to expect from the not-so-good Dr. Lecter.

NBC's "Hannibal" got off to a so-so start in last week's ratings, but critics have been kind and Zap2it readers were overwhelmingly supportive in our series premiere poll. There are already signs a cult following may be building around this unique take on an iconic character from film and literature, as redefined for television by idiosyncratic showrunner Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies," "Wonderfalls").

The next few episodes will be critical to deciding the series' fate (Will the audience shrink or grow? And will NBC order a second season?). So, to whet your appetite, we've prepared a few tasty teasers from the four additional episodes NBC made available to the press.

A major character arrives in episode
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Doctor Gash's Top 10 Greatest Horror Movies... Ever! #4 - The Silence of the Lambs

As we get down to the number four entry on the list, we find one of the few horror films that the critics enjoyed as much as the fans. It's not often that true horrorphiles and starchy movie critics look at a film and both nod their heads and say, "Yeah, that's the stuff."

But with The Silence of the Lambs, that was exactly the case.

#4-The Silence of the Lambs

"I do wish we could chat longer, but…I'm having an old friend for dinner. Bye."

That was the perfect ending line for the most critically-acclaimed horror film of all time. The film's list of accolades includes five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (which Anthony Hopkins won, despite being on the screen for only about 16 minutes of the two-hour film), Jodie Foster took Best Actress, Jonathan Demme was Best Director and the film also won Best Adapted Screenplay.
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'Monday Mornings' review: David E. Kelley and Sanjay Gupta's medical drama off to a shaky start

David E. Kelley has one of the most singular voices in TV today -- it usually only takes a minute or less to realize you're watching one of his shows, and medical drama "Monday Mornings" is no exception.

Kelley used to be one of the biggest showrunners in network TV. After collecting a boatload of Emmys for "Picket Fences," he went on to create hits in "Chicago Hope," "Ally McBeal" and "The Practice." He also had a few high-profile flops, but it wasn't until the consecutive cancellations of "Boston Legal" and "Harry's Law" -- both victims of their older-skewing demographics -- and a futile attempt to get a "Wonder Woman" pilot off the ground, that it made sense for Kelley to test the waters of cable TV.

Working with TNT seems like the perfect fit for an idiosyncratic showrunner like Kelley. He has a proven ability to draw an audience,
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TV on Tap: Raul Esparza Joins "Hannibal," "30 Rock" is a TV Miracle and Jamie Bamber is a Hot, Scruffy "Monday Morning" Doc

I'm surprised The New Normal isn't celebrating Thanksgiving with a "Freedom from Want" homage.

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EW has the trailer for TNT's upcoming David E. Kelley medical drama Monday Mornings, which features a scruffy Jamie Bamber in scrubs. I think that's enough to get me to check out the pilot.

NBC is developing a comedy created by and starring Kenan Thompson which could take Thompson away from Saturday Night Live.

CSI is planning an episode where the team investigates the death of a female tennis pro and has booked champs Chris Evert and Lindsay Davenport.

The Av Club takes a look at 30 Rock and notes that in just about any other year, it would have been the kind of short-lived comedy that lands on critics' lists of brilliant shows that ended too soon, like Action, Buffalo Bill or Get a Life.

Hannibal keeps adding to its guest cast. TV Line reports
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NBC's Hannibal Finds Its Dr. Chilton

A key character in the "Hannibal" universe has been cast, and as has been the case with several other roles in the upcoming show, it's being played by yet another alumnus of a previous Bryan Fuller series. Read on for the details.

Per TVLine, Broadway vet Raul Esparza (My Soul to Take) will appear in at least two episodes of NBC’s contemporary Hannibal Lecter series in the key role of Dr. Chilton. The character was originated on the big screen by actor Benjamin Hendrickson in 1986′s Manhunter, and Anthony Heald took over the role of Lecter’s infamous jailer in The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon.

Like the previously announced Caroline Dhavernas, Molly Shannon, Chelan Simons, Ellen Greene, and Gina Torres, Esparza previously worked with exec producer Fuller: He played traveling salesman Alfredo Aldarisio in Fuller’s "Pushing Daisies."

"Hannibal" Synopsis:

One of the most fascinating literary
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Hannibal Lecter TV series adds Raul Esparza

Hannibal Lecter TV series adds Raul Esparza
Law & Order: Svu's Raul Esparza has become the latest actor to join NBC's Hannibal Lecter series. Hannibal is loosely based on Robert Harris novel Red Dragon and stars Casino Royale's Mads Mikkelsen as cannibal killer Lecter. Esparza - who previously worked with Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller on his show Pushing Daisies - will play the role of Dr Chilton, according to TVLine. The character has previously been portrayed by Benjamin Hendrickson in Michael Mann's 1986 Red Dragon adaptation Manhunter and by Anthony Heald in 1991's The Silence of the Lambs and (more)
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Exclusive: Another Pushing Daisies Alum Joins NBC's Hannibal in Pivotal Role

Exclusive: Another Pushing Daisies Alum Joins NBC's Hannibal in Pivotal Role
Bryan Fuller is welcoming another old friend into the Hannibal fold.

Broadway vet Raul Esparza is joining NBC’s contemporary Hannibal Lecter series in the key role of Dr. Chilton, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The character was originated on the big screen by actor Benjamin Hendrickson in 1986′s Manhunter. Anthony Heald took over the role of Lecter’s infamous jailer in The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon.

Like Hannibal‘s Caroline Dhavernas, Molly Shannon, Chelan Simons, Ellen Greene and Gina Torres, Esparza previously worked with exec producer Fuller: He played traveling
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Top 10 ‘They had it coming’ movie deaths

They were smug, evil, or maybe just plain stupid. Here’s our list of the top ten ‘They had it coming’ movie deaths…

"They had it coming. They had it coming. They had it coming all along."

So sang the hosiery-clad vixens of smash hit musical Chicago. Of course, they were referring to the many men they had brutally murdered, whereas I'm responsible for the deaths of no one on this list. But it's an appropriate introduction to a run-down of movie characters who, for one reason or another, really did bring their own cinematic demise on themselves.

Undoubtedly some of the 10 deserved their deaths more than the others. But as I've watched each of them shuffle off this mortal coil, either shaking my head in sorrow or slapping my thigh in triumph, I've been compelled to declare on each occasion, "Well, they asked for that."

Here then (in no
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Red Dragon Makes Its Blu-ray Debut on October 12th

You can bring home the 2002 origin story of Hannibal Lecter home in high-definition in October. Red Dragon will be released on Blu-ray for the first time on October 12. We don't have any pricing details or cover art images as of yet, but you can take a look at the special features below. The film stars Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson and Anthony Hopkins as the legendary Hannibal Lecter.

Will Graham (Edward Norton) is just about to retire from the F.B.I. when he is called back into duty to track down a brutal killer known at the Tooth Fairy. The killer, Francis Dollarhyde (Ralph Fiennes), detests the title given to him and would rather use the title that he thinks of himself as: the Red Dragon. Now, Dollarhyde has set his eyes on a young woman named Reba (Emily Watson) and Graham will do anything to stop him from killing her.
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Looking back at Joel Schumacher’s 8Mm

We continue our look back at the work of Joel Schumacher, with his Batman & Robin follow-up, 8Mm...

"He's a producer-slash-director-slash weirdo. He's like the Jim Jarmusch of S&M." - Max

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After the horror that was Batman & Robin, you couldn't blame Joel Schumacher from stepping away from that genre of filmmaking completely and going down a road of drama/thriller. After all, he had success with it in the past. Nothing could go too wrong, right?

Following the death of her husband, wealthy widow Mrs. Christian (Myra Carter) comes across an 8mm film in his safe, depicting the murder of a teenage girl by a man in amask. Unsure as to the origin of the tape or if it is, in fact, real, she instructs her lawyer, Daniel Longdale (Anthony Heald), to hire the services of private investigator, Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage), to find out the truth.

After searching through missing persons files,
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