When someone mentions cannibalism, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is Anthony Hopkins in the role of Dr Hannibal Lecter.

Although he has performed in this role in multiple movies, it’s “The Silence of the Lambs” that embedded itself into our memories the most.

This 1991 thriller flicks was the one that began the “Hannibal Saga,” while at the same time being the most ground-breaking and chilling out of all of them. “The Silence of the Lambs” was a genre of its own at the time, and is one of the most intriguing and awe-inducing psychological thrillers to this day.

The Basics

Even though the story of “The Silence of the Lambs” started out in book form written by Thomas Harris, this crime-horror mix directed by Jonathan Demme really left everyone who ever watched it with a lot of questions, but also speechless.

The story follows the young FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who is pulled from her training in order to work on a case at the Bureau’s Behavioral Science Unit. The unit’s chief Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) introduces agent Starling to one of their captives – Doctor Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins).

Even though Dr Lecter himself is not the true villain in the plot, his jumping over the line between psychology and insanity is what terrifies the audience the most. He’s a cannibal with no remorse, but he’s also an academic held in high regard by agent Starling.

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The duo is forced to work together on a serial abduction and murder case, which in the end leads them to Lecter’s old patient and the culprit in question.

Box Office Performance

“The Silence of the Lambs” had a February 15 release date. On its opening weekend, the movie earned a stunning $13.7 million, and ultimately grossed at $513 million on a global level.


While most horror movies place their intensity in jump scares and grotesque scenes, “The Silence of the Lambs” is able to move its audience thanks to the cast’s amazing acting and the powerful feeling of mystery and controversy.

This movie spawned many sequels and spinoffs, but we’ll always turn to “The Silence of the Lambs” when we want to get truly scared for our lives.