Movie # 9 is… Silence of the Lambs!
I just couldn’t resist! Sorry, but I have to recommend this film! This film is so good that it was the first horror film to win best picture! It also is one of the only three films in history to win all top five categories at the Oscars- Best picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best screenplay! The other two films that accomplished this feat are “It happened One Night” a Frank Capra film from the 30’s and yes, my favorite film of all time “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest!” Now, how could I resist putting this film on the list, when it compares to my favorite film of all time. This is a must see and is scary as… you know what’s coming… crap! (Love that I chose such a horrible signature line, goes with the holiday)
So here it comes… the warning. After you faced that horrible, gruesome werewolf in London, you now are coming face to face with a serial killer. This serial killer doesn’t wear masks and doesn’t do anything gimmicky like in the typical slasher films. No, this serial killer is methodical, blends in with the crowd and can easily be your next door neighbor or your psychiatrist… I get chills just saying it! This serial killer is smarter than the average person and knows how to manipulate his way into your mind! This is the grandaddy of all serial killers!
But I have to warn you, this film has some inappropriate content. There is nudity, but only short cuts of it. Some sexual content, but nothing showed. The language is pretty bad, including 2 mentions of the c… word. And it is violent, just as violent as the last film you watched. But this film is so phenomenal, you and your teen have to see it. To make you feel a little more comfortable, I watched it at the age of 16 and I’m still fine… I think…
The Reasons I picked this film are…
Reason #1– It won five friggin Oscars! Yeah, that’s how good this film is! It’s one of the best and the academy felt so strongly about it that it became the first Horror movie of all time to win Best Picture. Films like Jaws, Rosemarry’s Baby and The Exorcist were all up for best picture and didn’t get it. That’s how good this film is and let me tell you, it is as equally scary.
Reason #2– The Villains. Yes, I said villains… plural. Now this is no Batman movie or anything, but this film does have two awesome villains. They are so well developed that one of the villains is by far the best villain in movie history, played by Anthony Hopkins! The other villain is super scary also. But the one played by Anthony Hopkins is flawless! I love this villain so much that it goes down as the best villain of all time. Now, for me to pick this villain over my original favorite villain of all time, Darth Vader, says a lot. He has always been my favorite villain, since I was like 4, but when I saw this movie, Darth Vader took a back seat. Sorry “Star Wars.” Maybe I’m still pissed about episodes 1 thru 3!
Reason #3– The story. “Silence of the Lambs” is one of the best, complex stories I have ever seen on the screen! There is so much going on from beginning to end. There are tons of subplots and a lot of principle characters. Honestly, this screenplay must have looked like a mess at first. But they execute it perfectly. Every second of this film is interesting, unsettling and keeps you guessing right to the end! It builds gradually and the payoff at the end is nothing short of terrifying! When you are done with this film, you will hug your teen, thanking god for the life he has given you.
Reason #4– The twist! Yes, another twist! This one isn’t as story driven, but the way they set up the last scene is genius! You have no idea where this film is going! Everything is a mystery until this one point! The twist not only reveals a mind boggling shock, but it ties everything that has been happening all the way from the first scene. Trust me, you will be flabbergasted! Actually, I think you have to watch the film a few times before you really get the impact of this twist.
Reason #5– It uses a lot of true facts! One of the things that makes this film so phenomenal is the research. Both villains in this film were developed from known facts of serial killers from our history. The writer obviously did a ton of research and pieced together two very scary characters. You see traces of many real life serial killers like Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy and Gacy, to name a few. The writer not only developed two solid characters from this research but also put a lot of real life occurrences in the story. One of the main reasons this film is so scary is because how real it really is! These characters are so natural that you will be weary of all your friends and neighbors, knowing that any one of them could be a serial killer and you wouldn’t know it… well not until it is too late.
So grab some popcorn and snacks that don’t contain meat… trust me, you don’t want to be eating anything that contains meat during this film… Lock all your doors, turn off all the lights and get ready for the scare of your life! This film has some pretty extreme matter but after “An American Werewolf in London” I think your teen will be fine! But don’t be surprised if you catch yourself checking his/her room for a sewing kit. (you will get what I mean when you see this film!)
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