Quentin Tarantino believes that a particular scene from Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is more terrifying than the ending of The Silence Of The Lambs.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Jonathan Demme’s Oscar winning thriller, which is widely regarded as one of the best movies of this period.
However, during a wide-ranging discussion with director Edgar Wright for Empire, Tarantino took this opportunity to compare the sequence in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood where Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth goes to Spahn Ranch to Silence Of The Lambs’ conclusion, which sees FBI agent Clarice Sterling hunting down serial killer Buffalo Bill.
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Tarantino believes this moment of his film comes out on top, too, calling it “one of the best things that me and my team have ever accomplished.”
Tarantino being Tarantino, he didn’t stop there, though, as he explained, “There’s a difference between suspense and terror. Suspense is what’s going to happen. Terror is [when] you’re afraid you know exactly what’s going to happen and you don’t want to see it. You think the worst.”
While Tarantino insists that the end of Silence Of The Lambs is “magnificent,” he believes Once Upon A Time In Hollywood pips it, because, “I did not think Jodie Foster was going to die. At that point in the movie, I would have been surprised if it ended with Buffalo Bill killing Jodie Foster.”
“I’ve seen too many movies to think that that was going to happen. I got caught up in the moment, but I still had a movie brain going on … One of the reasons the [Spahn ranch] scene works so effectively is Cliff could die. Narratively, movie wise, in every way shape and form, not only could he die in that sequence, dramatically it might even make sense that he dies.”