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The Silence Of The Lambs: the thinking person's monster movie

Ryan Lambie Nov 3, 2017

As The Silence Of The Lambs re-emerges courtesy of the BFI, we look at how it created one of the screen's most iconic monsters...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Silence Of The Lambs

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"Is it true what they're saying?" a cop asks FBI agent Clarice Starling around The Silence Of The Lambs' midpoint. "That he's some kind of vampire?"

The cop is referring, of course, to Hannibal Lecter, the former psychiatrist and serial killer played by Anthony Hopkins. Originally created by author Thomas Harris and making his first appearance in the 1981 novel Red Dragon, Lecter - otherwise known as Hannibal the Cannibal - has long since become a fixture on the pop culture landscape. The Silence Of The Lambs isn't specifically about Lecter - rather, it's about Starling (Jodie Foster) and
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The Scariest Serial Killers on TV, According to Critics — IndieWire Survey

The Scariest Serial Killers on TV, According to Critics — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the scariest serial killer on TV? You define “scary.” Old and current shows fair game.

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

Landry from “Friday Night Lights.”

Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine

Ok, so he wasn’t necessarily a serial killer, but “Nip/Tuck’s” The Carver gave me a serious case of the scareds. After his first appearance near the end of Season 2, the porcelain-masked serial-slashing maniac who was all about slicing up hot people (because “beauty is a curse,” of course!) ran amok in Season 3 and the amount of series-regular characters he went after was kind of unprecedented. All of the leads
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The Scariest Serial Killers on TV, According to Critics — IndieWire Survey

  • Indiewire
The Scariest Serial Killers on TV, According to Critics — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the scariest serial killer on TV? You define “scary.” Old and current shows fair game.

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

Landry from “Friday Night Lights.”

Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine

Ok, so he wasn’t necessarily a serial killer, but “Nip/Tuck’s” The Carver gave me a serious case of the scareds. After his first appearance near the end of Season 2, the porcelain-masked serial-slashing maniac who was all about slicing up hot people (because “beauty is a curse,” of course!) ran amok in Season 3 and the amount of series-regular characters he went after was kind of unprecedented. All of the leads
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This Is Why Mindhunter Feels Just Like Silence of the Lambs

  • BuzzSugar
Image Source: Netflix If you're into the serial killer genre, your next favorite show is bound to be Netflix's psychological thriller Mindhunter, which is about two FBI agents who interview serial killers in order to gain insight into how the minds of these kinds of murderers work. If you think that sounds an awful lot like the plot of an Oscar-winning film or an Emmy-nominated TV show, you'd be right. So just what kind of connection does Mindhunter have to The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal? The four books in the Hannibal Lecter series were written by Thomas Harris between 1981 and 2006. In them, one recurring character is Jack Crawford, the agent in charge of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, and here's where the connection to Mindhunter comes in. Crawford is based on John E. Douglas, the real-life FBI criminal profiler that Jonathan Groff's Mindhunter character is based on
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October Horrors 2017 Day 6 – The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Silence of the Lambs, 1991.

Directed by Jonathan Demme.

Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, and Ted Levine.

Synopsis:

A serial killer dubbed “Buffalo Bill” is kidnapping and murdering women, with the authorities struggling to apprehend him. To help the hunt for the elusive killer, young FBI recruit Clarice Starling seeks the help of cannibalistic murderer and gifted psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter to help build a psychological profile of “Buffalo Bill” in the hope that it will lead to his capture.

In last year’s edition of October Horrors, I spotlighted Michael Mann’s brilliant, but underrated 1986 horror thriller Manhunter, the first film to feature the character of the cannibalistic serial killer and psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, played in that film by Brian Cox.

I still maintain that Manhunter is the best of all the films to feature Hannibal Lecter and advise everyone to watch it if you haven’t already.
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Hannibal: what might season four involve?

Gabriel Bergmoser Oct 9, 2017

After a premature ending, Hannibal season 4 is looking more like a possibility now. One fan speculates on what it might be...

That Hannibal survived as long as it did is a minor miracle. A baroque opera of a TV show packed with elaborate plot twists, psychological games, gore elevated to the level of art and pitch-black humour, Hannibal never should have been on network television. Perhaps its greatest tragedy is that NBC picked it up without truly knowing what they were going to get; a crime procedural based on an iconic property must have seemed a no brainer. Of course that was not accounting for the ways in which creator Bryan Fuller managed to take well-trodden material to stunning new heights, subverting the text while paying loving tribute to it and all the while forging a path all its own. Hannibal was unlike anything else on TV
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'The Lego Ninjago Movie': Film Review

'The Lego Ninjago Movie': Film Review
The product of three credited directors, six credited screenwriters, five editors and one executive producer who helmed two of the most uninspired trilogy enders in recent memory (Brett Ratner, of X-Men: The Last Stand and Red Dragon), The Lego Ninjago Movie is, finally, more or less the kind of advertainment observers expected from the first big-screen adventure featuring Lego toys. A perfectly adequate family film for kids who love watching things they've seen many times before (which is to say, most kids), it offers plenty of chuckles for their parents but nothing approaching the glee of that first Lego Movie.

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Top Ten Movie Franchises Based on Books

  • Cinelinx
For as long as there have been movies, there have been movies based on books. This is a look at the best movie franchises that are either based on a book or several books.

It’s one thing to have a movie that is based on a book. It happens all the time. It’s more rare to have an entire franchise of films based on a book or set of books. Over the last two decades, it seems like we have been seeing more and more franchises emerge that are based on books. This seems to be happening for a few reasons. First, Hollywood is more than ever looking for established properties on which to base films. Book, have been and always will be one of the best established properties for a movie to be based upon. Second, if the books have a big following, chances are that the
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Bryan Fuller and Martha De Laurentiis tease Hannibal Season 4 on Twitter… with a doll

We all remember where we were when the news came out that Hannibal, a.k.a. one of the finest shows to ever grace the small screen, was abruptly cancelled. It was disappointing, but not exactly a shocker: From Season 1 Hannibal was not pulling in the viewers that NBC had hoped for, despite receiving critical acclaim. Eventually NBC had to pull the plug on an incredible show far too early.

Desire for a Season 4 of Hannibal has been strong since the day the show was cancelled. Not only from fans, but from Bryan Fuller, Mads Mikkelsen, and Hugh Dancy. Just last week, Fuller teased on Twitter that talks were beginning to happen regarding Season 4, and now a very interesting tweet came from Hannibal producer Martha De Laurentiis:

Meeting of the minds @BryanFuller #Fannibals pic.twitter.com/WtUSEcPm0y

Martha De Laurentiis (@neoprod) August 13, 2017

Even without the doll, that is
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Bryan Fuller Gives An Update Concerning The Return Of TV's Hannibal

  • LRM Online
The television series Hannibal was a unique breed of network show. Airing on NBC, the show featured thirteen episodes a season, more akin to the cable and streaming model than the typical 20 to 24 episodes each season of network television show features. The show was created by Bryan Fuller and adapted the Thomas Harris novels Hannibal and Red Dragon, more or less. It starred Mads Mikkelsen as the horrifying title character, who brought his own recipe of evil to the role rather than simply imitating Anthony Hopkins' performance; a role much darker than even his villainous turns in Casino Royale or Doctor Strange. Hugh Dancy (The Path) played the lead, Will Graham, with incredible likability. Graham being a gifted criminal profiler who visualized himself committing the murders he investigated to understand the killers' behaviors. It was a fantastic show, truly the same quality as a series from FX, AMC, or Netflix,
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Hannibal season 4 edges closer

Kirsten Howard Tony Sokol Aug 14, 2017

Bryan Fuller has reunited with Hannibal producer Martha De Laurentiis for a "meeting of the minds" over season 4 plans...

After waiting an obligatory two years to re-start talks of bringing Hannibal back for a fourth season, creator Bryan Fuller isn't wasting any time pushing the project forwards.

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The show's producer Martha De Laurentiis revealed over the weekend that Fuller had dropped by for a chat - and mini Mads was there to keep a watchful eye on things, of course.

Look at these three, teasing us...

Meeting of the minds @BryanFuller #Fannibals pic.twitter.com/WtUSEcPm0y

Martha De Laurentiis (@neoprod) August 13, 2017

Ravenous Hannibal fans were delighted with the news, responding with every possible relevant Mikkelsen gif they could get their hands on, but here's an actual Irl picture of every Fannibal after finding out that a
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Sci-Fi Emmy Nominees ‘Westworld’ and ‘Stranger Things’ Dominate the Crafts

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Sci-Fi Emmy Nominees ‘Westworld’ and ‘Stranger Things’ Dominate the Crafts
Apparently the TV Academy will only go so far in honoring sci-fi when it comes to the below-the-line craft nominations. While HBO’s “Westworld” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things” deservedly snagged 12 and 11 noms, respectively, FX’s “Legion” was totally shut out. That’s right: Noah Hawley’s mind-blowing Marvel superhero deconstruction didn’t get recognition for either Michael Wylie’s eye-popping production design or Dana Gonzales’s experimental cinematography. Perhaps it was too subversive for its own good.

Westworld” Rules

With HBO’s “Game of Thrones” out of the running this season, the void was filled by the brilliant re-imagining of Michael Crichton’s adult theme park. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy wisely took a more graphic and philosophical approach to A.I. The brutal sex and violence definitely tapped a cultural nerve.

It’s about beauty and ugliness in this collision of sci-fi and the western. Paul Cameron’s
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Ellis & Hamner’s Red & Red 2 get 4K Ultra HD Treatment in Sept.

  • Comicmix
Program Description

Relive the action-packed adventures of retired and extremely dangerous special agents in the most amazing picture quality available today when both Red and Red 2 arrive separately on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) on September 5 from Lionsgate. Red features an all-star cast including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker. In the film’s sequel, Red 2, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung Hun Lee join the franchise.

Both movies are available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD, which provides over four times the resolution of Full HD and includes High Dynamic Range (Hdr) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will also feature Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range imaging and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast,
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Sci-Fi and Comic Book Shows Are Getting Serious Awards Attention: How Bold DPs are Changing the Race

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Sci-Fi and Comic Book Shows Are Getting Serious Awards Attention: How Bold DPs are Changing the Race
Call them the Dp disruptors: “Legion,” “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Taboo.” It’s one thing to be for cinematography to be cinematic, but quite another to provoke. Here’s a look at the cinematography that was used to explore the impacts of tyranny and hate, of societies turned upside down and against humanity.

Legion

After re-imagining “Fargo” as a nightmarish crime anthology, Noah Hawley stripped the superhero iconography out of Marvel’s “Legion” by concentrating on schizophrenia and paranoia. Dan Stevens’ troubled mutant, David Haller, proves to be an unreliable narrator, unable to grasp the difference between reality and imagination, who meets the girl of his dreams (Rachel Keller) in a mental hospital and discovers that his psychological instability is a result of special telepathic power.

Cinematographer Dana Gonzales (“Fargo”) liked a story that demanded a shift from naturalistic to heightened. “And there’s a love
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Bates Motel: how moving past Psycho made it a classic

Gabriel Bergmoser Jun 7, 2017

Bates Motel evolved past its early missteps into a series that earned classic status all on its own...

This article contains major spoilers for Bates Motel.

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When Bates Motel first premiered in 2013 it was hard to tell what to make of it. Pitched as a contemporary prequel to Psycho, it borrowed the iconography, set and visual style of the original film while updating it to the present day. Unlike Hannibal, which premiered around the same time and from the start drew a clear divide between itself and the earlier Anthony Hopkins films, Bates Motel seemed conflicted about its relationship to its source material. Hannibal, while certainly including moments of tribute to the films, was very much a fresh adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novels,
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What Are You Watching?: Who watches The Lambs?

  • The AV Club
What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club’s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old.

“Closer, please. Closer!”

Hannibal Lecter, The Silence Of The Lambs

When was the last time you watched The Silence Of The Lambs? It’s a terrifically accomplished potboiler, very different from the other interesting Thomas Harris adaptations (Michael Mann’s Manhunter, Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal) in that it’s specifically about evil. Manhunter’s white-clad Hannibal Lecter—or Lecktor, as it’s spelled in that film—might just as well be a figment of Will Graham’s obsession. When Lecter, with his canine sense of smell, mocks Graham’s aftershave (an exchange taken verbatim from Harris’ novel Red Dragon), doesn’t it sound like he already exists in the back of Graham’s head? And how perfect is it that
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Why Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs is one of my favourite films

Ricky Church on Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs

Yesterday we received the sad news that director Jonathan Demme passed away after losing his battle to cancer and heart disease. Demme had a long career in a variety of film, from working with Roger Corman on 70s B-movies to powerful dramas like Philadelphia to documentaries and concerts films like Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids.

What I consider to be his best film though, as well as my personal favourite Demme picture, is without a doubt The Silence of the Lambs. So much about that film is great – from its cast, music, cinematography – that makes it a memorable and excellent piece of film. The story behind how Demme became the film’s director is just as interesting as the film itself.

Before he signed on for the film, no studio wanted to touch Silence of the Lambs. Many thought
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The Silence Of The Lambs Director Jonathan Demme Passes Away

  • LRM Online
Deadline is reporting that Jonathan Demme, acclaimed director of films like Stop Making Sense, Philadelphia, and the seminal The Silence of the Lambs has died. He passed away from esophageal cancer in his home in New York City. While no memorial plans have been announced, his family has asked that people support his favorite charity, Americans for Immigrant Justice.

Jonathan Demme is the type of director someone like Brett Ratner wishes he could be. While I wouldn't add him on my list of greatest directors of all time, his work on The Silence of the Lambs alone should put him on the list of best directors of the 90's. Capturing the essence of the great novel from Thomas Harris and adding in the legendary Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, he created a movie that was a tour de force. For a movie that was considered horror as well as being released in February,
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Mads Mikkelsen to Star in Survival Thriller Arctic

Armory Films, Union Entertainment Group and Pegasus Pictures announced today that Mads Mikkelsen (Dr. Strange, Star Wars, The Hunt) is starring in the survival thriller Arctic, directed by Joe Penna. Co-written by Penna and Ryan Morrison, the film is being produced by Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros of Armory Films and Noah C Haeussner of Union, and is being executive produced by Martha De Laurentiis, Einar Thorsteinsson and Cassian Elwes. The film also marks the first re-teaming of Mikkelsen and De Laurentiis since NBC’s “Hannibal.” Production is currently underway, with Xyz Films handling international sales.

The story surrounds a man (Mikkelsen) stranded in the Arctic, who is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.
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Brett Ratner says Rotten Tomatoes is 'the destruction of our business'

  • ScreenDaily
Brett Ratner says Rotten Tomatoes is 'the destruction of our business'
Batman v Superman producer says popular site stops people from seeing films.

Director/producer Brett Ratner has fiercely criticised reviews aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, calling it the “destruction of our business”.

Ratner, who directed Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand, and produced The Revenant and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice through his RatPac Entertainment label, was talking at last weekend’s Sun Valley Film Festival.

“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes,” he said, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“I think it’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore.”

Rotten Tomatoes tracks all the reviews for a film, then calculates
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