Silence of the Lambs

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.

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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.)

People old enough to have seen the poster for Silence of the Lambs hanging in theaters can remember their grim fascination with the skull bodies, and are probably annoyed to even see this included on this list.

But people who have only seen the poster in grainy internet form, before seeing the image above, may have just gotten their minds blown.

Also, About Clarice’s Eyes

Silence of the Lambs Details You Definitely Missed

In the novel Silence of the Lambs, the basis for the film, author Thomas Harris says Lecter’s eyes are maroon, and reflect light in “pinpoints of red.” Sounds like Clarice’s eyes in the poster, right?

In the movie, both Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter have blue eyes.

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