Directed by Jonathan Demme
It still amazes me to this day that this film, a serial killer horror film released in February, swept the major categories at the Academy Awards which tend to favor sweeping, feel-good epics over contemporary genre flicks. The Silence of the Lambs is such a great film that it still shocks and thrills people to this day. Perhaps one of the most chilling scenes in the film is not a scene of violence or gore but this scene when Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter drills and psychoanalyzes Agent Clarice Starling to reveal deep, personal information about herself. My mentor once told me that this scene illustrates that Hannibal Lecter is not only a literal cannibal but he's also an emotional cannibal as well. This is a cannibalistic scene in which Hannibal is eating Clarice Starling's psyche to satisfy his sick perverted pleasure. This is probably the scene which sealed the Oscar wins for both Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.