Thursday, October 27, 2011
October 25th: Red Dragon (2002)
In 1980, FBI criminal profiler Will Graham (Edward Norton) is investigating a bizarre series of murders in Baltimore, Maryland, working closely with psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) on developing a psychological profile of the killer. While at Lecter's home for another consultation, Graham discovers evidence proving Lecter to be the killer. Lecter tries to disembowel Graham, but Graham gets the upper hand and apprehends Lecter. Lecter is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, while Graham, psychologically traumatized, retires from the FBI.
The only horror film to win Best Picture, The Silence of The Lambs is an iconic classic, the perfect blend of crime procedural, horror slasher and psychological character study. Everything about it works; the acting, especially Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster's Oscar-winning performances, are outstanding, Jonatham Demme's direction is perfectly gothic and atmospheric and Ted Tally's script is tightly wound and executed to perfection. It's rare for a film to be flawless and The Silence of The Lambs is in that class of filmmaking.
Next Up: October 27th: Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)