The Ol’ Naked-Bodies-Turned-Into-a-Skull Detail

Silence of the Lambs Clarice Dali death's head moth skull

This one’s second-to-last because there’s kind of a generational divide about whether this is a little-known detail or not. Let me explain.

The movie poster for Silence of the Lambs famously features Clarice’s face, with her mouth covered by a moth. It is a death’s head moth, so named because it has what appears to be a skull on its back. It’s the kind of moth that obsesses Buffalo Bill, because, again: total nutcase.

What you may not notice, if you’ve only seen the Silence of the Lambs poster online, is that the skull is made up of naked female bodies. (It’s a nod to the portrait “In Voluptas Mors” by Salvador Dali and Philippe Halsman.)


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