Silence Of The Lambs: 5 Reasons Why Buffalo Bill Was The Movie’s Scariest Villain (& 5 Why It’s Hannibal Lecter)

The Jonathan Demme movie, Silence of the Lambs, brought a new terror that defined the movie industry with not only one despicable villain but two. Fans of the books already knew these monsters, and the horrible intentions they brought to their book pages, but the film brought it into the mainstream.

Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) and Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) are both extremely dangerous in their own way. What they brought to the franchise is something that many have tried and failed to do for years to come; but when it comes down to it, it’s hard to decipher which one is just a little bit more conniving or a little bit more sinister. Buffalo Bill and Hannibal Lecter are loosely based on real-life characters, which makes them creepy on that alone. But what truly makes them into the evil villains they have gone down in history to be? Warning: dark and mature content lies ahead.

One of the scariest things about Buffalo Bill, also known as Jame Gumb, is the way he kills. Jame will kidnap women and go through a self-created process to skin them and turn their skin into a suit. He got away with it for quite some time, but eventually, it was actually the reason he gets caught. This is a terrifying premise for a killer.

As fans know, Dr. Hannibal Lecter is the main antagonist in the franchise. In particular, Anthony Hopkins’s rendition of this character is played without flaw. Hannibal Lecter started out as a psychologist and helped Special Agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) in the prequel, Red Dragon, track down serial killers, unbeknownst to Will that he was a killer himself. Hannibal Lecter is extremely smart, and leaves no stone unturned, and is a perfectionist to a fault.

With that said, his occupation has opened doors into the world of studying peoples’ habits and diving into their pasts. All this leads to his ability to satisfy his desires and continue to go undetected for quite some time.

Fans know the reason why Buffalo Bill’s captured his victims, but what’s even more alarming is that he had the “perfect” location to torture and keep those poor women for quite some time. After taking over a house that was once owned by his friend, he knew he scored big and could operate right out of his new abode.

Since he lived under the alias John Grant, no one suspected anything for some time. In this case, Buffalo Bill could continue on with his “work” in the dingy basement that had a terrifying well, and several rooms to keep possessions and victims.

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