TSR Movie Madness: Horror&Thriller Group Final: The Shining v Silence of the LambsWatch
Who will progress to the next round? You decide.
The Shining (1980) Stanley Kubrick's uncompromising horror is a pitch-perfect recreation of a man's descent into madness. Jack Torrance agrees to take his family and look after an isolated hotel during it's close season, as he sees this as a perfect way to cut off distractions and allow him to finish his novel. However he soon falls into the clutches of cabin fever, unable to identify supernatural hallucinations from his own reality, and the film builds to an incredibly tense climax. Always a showman, Kubrick's own promotional trailer for this film sold it as a light-hearted family comedy.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
One of only three films to collect the top five Oscars (best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, best screenplay), this film debuted Hannibal Lecter to the world as one of the most iconic horror antagonists of all time, despite only appearing on-screen for a little over 16 minutes.
I actually watched The Silence of the Lambs in a deserted cinema, and just as the movie rolled one other punter came in ... and sat almost right behind me, just slightly to one side. Ever so slightly unsettling.
I've gone with 'Lambs' due to it having (IMO) the better third act.
Both great films but Hopkin's performance puts silence of the lambs just ahead in my eyes.