Right from that great opening scene with Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) running through the dank forests of the FBI training circuit you get this feeling that, just by being a woman on her own, she’s never going to be safe.
Ironic that for most of the movie, she's probably the safest of characters involved in the hunt for serial killer Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine).
I have a really vivid memory of watching this on the downstairs TV late one night. I would have been about 14 years old. Whenever I stayed up later than the fam I’d turn the volume down really low & sit right up close so I wouldn't wake anyone.
Who's the most considerate person in the whole wide world then hey? #teenageangel
What I didn't know was that by sitting right up close & staring Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) straight in the eyeballs during all of those disturbing closeups between him & Clarice that I would be spooked more than I'd ever been spooked by a movie before. Even watching Cujo at Angie Martin's sleepover in grade 5 wasn't this terrifying!
Hannibal Lector got under my skin. I still cringe when I see Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lector. His performance was just so chilling. Chill-ing. Somebody hand the man an Oscar! Oh wait... they already did.
In summary, The Silence of the Lambs is great.