I had this on my 'to watch' list for so long and tonight - when I wanted to relax and have a good sleep later - I decided to watch it. Perfect! Now I can't find my heart that has jumped out of my mouth with that ending. Made me so nervous I was screaming at the screen. Everything is perfect in this film... You just keep hoping it will never end.
Demme tried to replicate this, but the tactics he used to create this film's unmistakably grim aesthetic always look like cheap tricks anywhere else. Hopkins is great, and Foster matches him in a role that's less showy and far more demanding. Buffalo Bill is another great creation, and Levine's performance is terrific, making other film serial killers look like pale, sensationalist imitations.