The Silence of the Lambs

The poster of for the 1991 horror film entitled The Silence of the Lambs depicts Jodie Foster’s mouth being covered by a moth. The “Death’s-head Hawkmoth” appears on the posters as well as the movie. In nature the moth does have markings on its thorax that resemble a human skull, however, the markings are not as pronounced as the posters depict. What is actually shown on the moths back is a tiny version of the art work by Salvador Dali which is a photograph of seven naked woman arranged in a skull formation. Interesting! Apparently the seven women are supposed to represent the female victims in the film but are barely noticeable at first glance.

A close up of the moth on Miss Foster’s mouth:

By the way this is one of my all time favourite films. Hopkins and Foster are spectacular and who can forget the scene with Buffalo Bill, his bucket and the bottle of lotion?

Buffalo Bill (to his little dog Precious): “It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again.”

Deeply disturbing…

Love it.

  1. i had no idea it wasn’t just a skull. another amazingly written post 🙂

  1. November 4th, 2013

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