The Silence of the Lambs is one of my all-time favorite films. The story, the characters, the utter horror, Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s eerily composed creepiness. The movie won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1992, spawning hundred of true-crime headlines such as “Real Life Hannibal Lecter Kills Again.” But who was the man who inspired the sophisticated, genteel cannibal?
In the 25th Anniversary re-release of the best-selling book behind the movie, author Thomas Harris tells of a man, identified only as Dr. Salazar, whose creepy mannerisms and obsession with the human mind inspired the character of Hannibal Lecter. I won’t spoil it for you, but you can read more about this terrifying figure here: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/silence-lambs-thomas-harris-opens-5374350.
Harris himself discovered the doctor while at a prison to interview one of the inmates. For those who have seen the movie or read the book, it really is fascinating to see where reality blends into fantasy.