Great Job, Internet!: On its 25th anniversary, what is The Silence Of The Lambs really about?

It’s been 25 years since audiences were disturbed by Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence Of The Lambs, adapted from a book by Thomas Harris. In that time, the Lecter mythos has grown on the silver screen and the small screen, but the Academy Award-winning film remains a touchstone for psychological thrillers (the gussied up term for a horror film that was en vogue upon its Oscar race). The performances hold up today and even some of the grislier elements of the plot are still shocking audiences who’ve never seen it before. But perhaps, on this anniversary, it’s time to investigate another layer to the film that may not be apparent at first glance.

A new video by website iO9, based on this posting by Hamish Spencer, posits that the entire film is really about mind control, and specifically about Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) getting …

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