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Sex & Nudity

  • While a woman is visiting an asylum, an inmate says that he can smell her cunt.
  • Buffalo Bill is dressed as a drag queen, and dances naked in front of a mirror and a camera with his genitals tucked between his legs. You do not see any genital nudity, except for his pubic hair.
  • A decomposing, nude female body is briefly seen on an autopsy table. Sensitive nudity isn't very noticeable. Also its a dead body, so its not sexual.

Violence & Gore

  • Strong and menacing violence with frightening images.
  • Buffalo Bill, the film's primary antagonist uses to put butterflies inside his victims' throats after skinning them, we can see it at the corpse reveal scene at the middle of the film.
  • we can see a rusty corpse that was held in the water for many months, although it doesn't seen fully, we can see some parts of it, including its teeth.
  • The dead body of a prison guard is shown hung from a prison cell in a mimicry of the crucifixion scene. The guard's stomach is cut open, and we see the body from a distance. We can briefly see the peeled off piece of skin dangling from his body
  • We see gruesome crime photos of the skinned bodies of women in a lot of scenes. An autopsy scene shows the dead, nude, and decomposing body of a woman.
  • A man's decapitated head is found in a jar. Sudden.
  • An old woman's petrified body is seen briefly in a bathtub.
  • As the Senator's daughter has been kidnapped, she's begging for Buffalo Bill, the film's villain to let her go, although he doesn't want to release her because of his desire to become a woman through using her skin, she screams in fright as she looking at the pit's walls, in which there are chopped human fingers with some blood.
  • Brief allusions to cannibalistic acts.


  • 14 uses of "fuck", 2 uses of "cunt", 2 uses of "bitch", 2 uses of "son of a bitch", 6 uses of "shit", 1 use of "Goddamn", 2 uses of "hell" 4 uses of "damn."

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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Dr. Hannibal kills two guards in an extremely violent manner.
  • In many ways this film is considered a horror movie
  • The premise of a killer skinning his victims is, by itself, disturbing, although the shock factor is greatly lessened by the fact that he does it on corpses rather than living people.
  • An intense sequence when a killer uses ruthless means to escape.
  • We see torn off finger nails with some blood on the wall Buffalo Bill's pit, that is extremely frightening as well as disturbing.
  • It can be disturbing to hear the violent acts that a character has supposedly inflicted.
  • The film's villain has a big desire to become a female, but as he makes suits from his victims' skins, it is really frightening and awfully disturbing.
  • There is a chopped head in a glass jar
  • Hannibal talks about sex in a disturbing way.
  • The movie has an overall frightening atmosphere.


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Sex & Nudity

  • As Agent Starling is searching for the killer near the end of the movie, Polaroids of nude dancers are seen tacked to a doorframe in the basement.
  • Before meeting Dr. Lector, Clarice sees an inmate masturbating, The inmate throws the ejaculate on her face. No genitalia shown but masturbation is clear.
  • A brief shot of the 'Woman Suit' that Buffalo Bill is creating from dead bodies this has one breast visible for a short time. The camera never focuses on the suit itself. In the backgorund and fake looking.

Violence & Gore

  • A dead corpse is seen on the roof of an elevator (we assume it is Hannibal Lector), blood is seen all over his back. The corpse is shot in the leg with some blood spurting. Blood is dripping from the ceiling of the elevator, the hatch to the ceiling is then opened and the corpse flings out of the ceiling, it is implied that the corpses face was cut off by Hannibal Lector.
  • When Hannibal escapes from prison, he bites off part of a man's cheek (it's somewhat implied he takes out the tongue as well). He then bashes the man's head against the cell and sprays chemical mace in his eyes. He then beats the other on the head with a night stick offscreen until he dies. Blood is still seen spurting onto his face and the body is shown in a pool of blood.
  • Clarice shoots Buffalo Bill six times in the chest, he spits up blood and gurgles as we briefly see the bloody bullet wounds.
  • During Hannibal's escape, he wears the face of a dead guard as a disguise. We see him peel the man's bloody face off. His own face is completely covered in blood.
  • A woman is kidnapped by a psychopath and kept in a pit in his basement. No violence befalls her, but he plans on starving and skinning her, as he has with his other victims.

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