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''The Silence of the Lambs'' made our countdown of the 13 scariest movies of all time

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Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs
Silence of the Lambs: Ken Regan

”The Silence of the Lambs” made our countdown of the 13 scariest movies of all time

”A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti…fpt-fpt-fpt.” Released only one year into the ’90s, Silence remains this decade’s scariest vision of pure sociopathic evil. As Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Anthony Hopkins is a waking nightmare of seductive depravity — the sick, twisted serial killer America hates to love. Even with Hannibal the Cannibal safely locked away in his maximum-security cell, Jodie Foster’s FBI trainee Clarice Starling is as helpless as a lamb. ”Great villains are subversive — audiences go and see them because they feel uncomfortably attracted to them,” says Scott Glenn, who plays Starling’s seen-it-all FBI mentor in Silence. ”To this day I still have nightmares about it.” Join the club.