Cinemaster Score: 9.5/10
There’s a reason Silence of the Lambs was the first “horror” film to win best picture in Oscars history. Driven by the powerful performances of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs delivers a suspenseful and expertly crafted story centered around the notorious Buffalo Bill; while also managing to scare audiences with the downright terrifying Hannibal Lecter. An unnerving sense of dread permeates throughout the film, especially aided by the chilling dialogue and drab mood. Many regard it as one of the scariest movies of all time – with an ability to prey on the more realistic fears of modern society. It is not a horror flick in the traditional sense of being punctuated by jump scares and whatnot. Instead, it relies on a steady build-up of increasingly dark and nerve wracking encounters that manage to frighten in a different way. Silence of the Lambs is an unsettling look at the very real monsters among us; and is near-perfectly constructed across the board.