31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 28]: I’ll Take the Chianti and Fava Beans

I mean, what’s 31 days of horror without Hannibal Lecter and “The Silence of the Lambs.” Anthony Hopkins rich portrayal of the cannibalistic serial killer landed him a Best Actor win. Honestly, the film was so good that it is still only one of the three to win all five of the major categories at the Oscars. Jodi Foster earned one for her portrayal of Clarice Starling. This film, although an adaptation of the book of the same name, is one of the most stunning films of all time.

From the time I was younger, searching Blockbuster for the stack of movies I was going to get to rent for the weekend and the video games I was waiting to play, this cover always intrigued me. It wasn’t until I was 13 that I finally entered the wild world of Buffalo Bill and the dance between Clarice and Lecter. Since then I’ve grown to love the film even more with each viewing and I’ve noticed and learned more and differently each and every time. What was once an immature and infantile watch of a film and full of fright that ensued, is not a mature and complex dissection of the phantasmagorical elements and the strong use of symbolism and language. The depth that is employed by the brilliant acting and script, coupled with the thorough immersion into the world of true crime and criminal psychology, is what makes this one of the most fascinating experiences you’ll have with a movie.

If you’re a fan of “Criminal Minds,” then this is one that’s for you. It inspired the series after all.

I’ve adored it ever since. Tonight you should enjoy it with me.

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