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The Silence of the Lambs: A Retrospective Review

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The Silence of the Lambs is one of the most influential and profound films ever. Released in 1991, no one was ready for what director Jonathan Demme had created. This film is one of few that transcends its own genre. It is without a doubt a crime-thriller, but it is also very much a horror film. I personally fall into the category that labels it as horror.

There is not a single moment in The Silence of the Lambs that could, or should, be changed. From the writing to the acting, everything is nothing short of superb; and that is the main reason why the film is held in such high regard.

Based on the novel of the same name, we get the story of a young woman who is training to be an FBI agent. Clarice Starling is approached by Jack Crawford, director of the FBI, to go and interview Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter to try to get information regarding a new serial killer nicknamed “Buffalo Bill.”

Anthony Hopkins delivers a performance that is both chilling and exhilarating at the same time. His ability to make us both fear and love him has led to both Lecter as a character and Hopkins himself becoming iconic in the film history. Alongside Hopkins, we have Jodie Foster delivering an equally engaging portrayal of agent Starling.  It’s a passionate performance that gave a voice to the strong female protagonist, which the horror genre is sorely missing at times.

The Silence of the Lambs was the winner of the “Big Five” Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay, making it one of the only films in history to accomplish that. The film was also nominated for Best Sound Mixing as well as Best Film Editing.

I’m sure that most, if not all, of us have seen this classic film at least once, but The Silence of the Lambs is celebrating its 26th anniversary so why not give it another watch? If you are looking for a film that will engage you this week, you could do much worse than this one right here!

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Zac Efron Looks Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as Ted Bundy

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We told you a while back that Zac Efron would be assuming the role of charismatic serial killer Ted Bundy in Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger’s new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (that title is a wondrous mouthful); and today Efron himself took to Twitter to share the first image of himself as Bundy. Check it out!

Michael Werwie wrote the script for the project, which is told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, who went years denying the accusations against Bundy but ultimately turned him in to the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grizzly murders.

Principal photography began back in October 2017.

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Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 3 – Get Your First Look at the Bride of the Chin!

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Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is nothing short of a friggin’ gift for fans; and if you aren’t watching it, you need to fix that like yesterday. Teally… you don’t have much of an excuse. It’s on DVD. Blu-ray. Digital. Netflix. You name it!

Season 3 is just around the corner, and the good folks over at Arrow in the Head got themselves the first look at Ash and his bride-to-be, Candy, played by Katrina Hobbs.

Look for Season 3 to premiere on February 25th at 9PM ET/PT.

“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell co-star alongside newcomers Arielle Carver-O’Neill and Lindsay Ferris. Lee Majors returns as Brock Williams to warn Ash from beyond the grave.

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan, has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs. Evil Dead!

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Make a Date With The Devil and Father Amorth

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Well, that headline’s not entirely accurate… you wouldn’t want to be a third wheel now, would you? What we’re talking about here is William Friedkin’s new documentary The Devil and Father Amorth. In it Friedkin witnesses first-hand the work of the Vatican’s in-house exorcist; and if that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will!

Deadline is reporting today that we can expect to see the flick sometime this spring in theaters via The Orchard.

Known as the “Dean of Exorcists,” Father Amorth (who turned 92 not so long ago) has performed thousands of exorcism rituals to rid evil from the human body.

In the early 1970s when I directed The Exorcist, I had not witnessed an exorcism; but I wondered how close I had come to portraying reality,” Friedkin tells the site. “I had been curious to meet Father Amorth for many years; and when he granted permission to meet and film him in Rome last May, it was the opportunity to complete the circle and see how close that film came to reality.

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