Hannibal Lecter

RORY: You said you were going to swear off girls – it’s funny.
TRISTAN: You don’t think I can?
RORY: No, I think you can, I just think it would be hard for you. It’d probably involve some kind of lock up facility, one of those Hannibal Lecter masks.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris, first appearing in the 1981 Red Dragon as a highly intelligent and cultured cannibalistic serial killer.

Rory is almost certainly thinking of the 1991 horror-thriller film The Silence of the Lambs, directed by Jonathan Demme, and based on the 1988 novel of the same name by Thomas Harris. In the film, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) is incarcerated for his crimes, and while being tranferred to another psychiatric facility is forced to wear a mask that acts like a muzzle (it doesn’t work).

The Silence of the Lambs was the #4 film of 1991 and won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and a Best Actor for Hopkins. Hannibal Lecter is often regarded as one of the most frightening villains in cinema history.

Interestingly, the director of the sanitarium where Hannibal Lecter is confined is named Dr. Frederick Chilton, a self-important, incompetent man who is easily outwitted by Lecter. The film strongly suggests that Lecter will eventually murder and eat Chilton in revenge.

This is possibly where the name Chilton came from for Rory’s school, to suggest a strict and pompous confinement, yet with a certain laxness as well, giving the possibility of escape.

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