Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Buffalo Bill & The Creeper

Just the other day I was listening to Silence of the Lambs. What I mean by that is I have mp3 audio of some favorite films so that I can listen to them while I work or I'm out-and-about. If you know a movie pretty cold then it's a great way to enjoy a flick while doing something other than sitting in front of a screen. I'm getting away from the point however. I was listening to the film and about 48 minutes into the movie, just after the scene when Clarice's scientific friends identify the "death's head moth", there is a scene where the camera moves through Buffalo Bill's lair. The camera moves through various rooms and you can hear screaming and music playing and then there is a reveal of Buffalo Bill sitting nude on a stool at a work bench. You can hear a sewing machine going and he looks focused on working on something. Listening to that scene I had an epiphany about a scene in the 2001 film Jeepers Creepers.

At the end of that film... spoilers here folks. I'm not sure I really need to say that for a 13yr old movie, but in the event you haven't seen it I'm going to give away the ending here. The Creeper at the end of the film actually claims one of the main characters of the film, Darry, and flies off with him. Given what the film as showed to us up to that point we know that the Creeper wants a body part from Darry and that he'll most likely be killed by the creature. The final scene of the movie takes us to the Creeper's latest lair... see where I'm going with this now. The camera moves through the rooms, with creepy sound effects and music playing. Just like in  Silence of the Lambs there is the reveal of villain, the Creeper, not in his human clothes disguise, but nude at a workbench working just like Buffalo Bill. I've never heard this scene talked about or anyone ever mention the similarity to Lambs. I think this is a direct homage to that film and I think done very well. It only took me 13 years to notice it. Have any of you noticed this before?

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