The Silence of the Lambs Celebrates 30 Years in Film History

The well-known horror film, The Silence of the Lambs, turns 30. The Silence of the Lambs was released on February 14, 1991 and was filmed on a low budget. It was based on one of Thomas Harris’s novels that goes by the same name, and this was the second book that he wrote at that time about a fertile and strange enchanted serial killer then he wrote another hit book after that called Red Dragon.

This movie was widely seen, making it a huge success and it impacted greatly the Hollywood business.


The movie is about a young FBI trainee whose name is Clarice Starling who was asked to interview a highly intelligent psychiatrist named Dr. Hannibal Lecter who had been jailed for murder and cannibalism to get another serial killer that targets females. There is also a senior FBI official, Agent Jack Crawford, who believes that Dr. Lecter may have the understanding of an ongoing murder case and that Starling would be a good bait for cooperation.

With Jodie Foster as Clarice and Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Lecter, this movie has captured a lot of movie watchers’ attention since 1991. It  was directed by Jonathan Demme.

Box Office Impact

The film’s grand opening had ticket sales of $1.4 million locally. By the end of the week, the sales have elevated to $11.6 million. And this was after going through about 1500 theaters, it has long legs and has been running through for eight months thereby gaining more than 130.7 million dollars in both the US and Canada and made a total of $275 million worldwide.

Awards Success

Even though it was not the first horror movie to be nominated for an Academy Award or the ceremony’s Best Picture honor, it was the first film in that genre to win an award. Silence of the Lambs took over the 1992 Oscars, making it only the third film in the history of movie-making to win the awards for Best Director, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and more.

A lot of credit should be given to the director Jonathan Demme who learned under horror movies expert Roger Corman, settled down to editing the film to make the audience  scream in horror and their hair stand on edge.

The Silence of the Lambs had a huge impact on the horror genre and also has its contribution towards the entertainment world. Harris wrote four books that are all related to the character Dr. Lecter: The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, Hannibal Rising, and Hannibal. These books were written with modifications for the last four decades. However, the film brought Harris’s work to the next level. The image of Dr. Lecter as this silent psychopath by Hopkins and the graceful performance by Foster and the psychological points that caught the attention of people and filmmakers in 1991 is still making a great impact today.