We’re well into November now, but I still have a few Halloween horror reviews left to cover. Bonfire night? Who cares?! What fireworks?!
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Jodie Foster plays FBI agent Clarice Starling in this fantastic film, on the trail of serial killer “Buffalo Bill”. To find the killer she enlists the help of incarcerated psychopath Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter (a superb Anthony Hopkins in a career defining role). Utilising Lecter’s knowledge to enhance the psychological profile of the killer, the young agent finds herself embroiled in his mind games, as the race to catch Buffalo Bill gains further urgency.
If you’ve never seen this film, see it. If you have, watch it again. It won multiple Oscars and is absolutely captivating (no pun intended) on every viewing. Brilliant performances; scenes that look and feel real; and a chilling story make The Silence of the Lambs unmissable.
True, there are no monsters or supernatural occurrences in this movie. Yet the sense of unease and tension created in The Silence of the Lambs mark it as a real horror film with chills beyond compare.
Another film that needs no introduction, though of a vastly different style; Ghostbusters is an 80’s classic. Featuring a team of scientists who, after finding themselves thrown out of their university, form a new business hunting ghosts, this film has laughs and thrills aplenty. Taking New York by storm with their paranormal investigations, the Ghostbusters wind up facing a threat that is really out of this world!
The three main Ghostbusters – Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis – are all excellent; with Murray in particular looking like he’s having tons of fun. Ernie Hudson as the fourth member does a good job, but is somewhat underused. Sigourney Weaver puts in a good performance as the musician caught up in a pan-dimensional event she doesn’t understand. And keep your eyes on Rick Moranis, who is constantly hilarious.
Highly recommended as some fun Halloween viewing, Ghostbusters mixes a few spooky moments with some very funny scenes. Add in a great theme tune and some memorable quotes, and you really can’t go wrong.
Who ya gonna call?
That’s it for another year, thanks for reading Halloween Horror Fest!