Silence Of The Lambs’ Hidden Message

Silence Of The Lambs’ Hidden Message

Do you remember the 1991 crime – horror film “Silence of the Lambs” with Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in the leading roles? 20 years later, this movie still captures our imagination.

The well-known poster with Jodie Foster’s face is showing that her mouth is covered by a moth; but not any kind of moth. The “Death’s-head Hawkmoth” is the one on the posters as well as in the movie, which is known for its vaguely human skull-shaped pattern of markings on the thorax. If you see closely on the moth that’s in front of Foster’s lips you will notice a skull on its back, but what you see is actually 7 naked woman’s bodies that are shaping a human skull together.

This art work is actually done by Salvador Dali. Some say that the 7 women symbolize the victim’s in the movie, which makes sense. The agency behind the movies poster is film ad agency Dazu and they got permission by director Jonathan Demme to use Dali’s “women-bodies” skull” in the movies artwork.

The Silence of The Lambs movie poster with Jodie Foster

The hidden imagery of a human skull on the moth

Salvador Dali’s photograph of 7 naked women shaping a skull

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9 Comments

  1. Shannon Key
    February 16, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    I didn’t know about this.. Mystic.

  2. Kimmy Travis
    February 16, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    Salvador Dali = Genius.

  3. Sage
    February 22, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    I noticed this on the box cover at a Blockbuster in the ’90′s.

  4. William
    February 24, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    Wow, Never saw this.

  5. Aidy
    April 16, 2012 @ 3:33 am

    Never caught that! Fascinating!

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  7. Anon
    November 10, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    Victim’s what?

  8. Charlotte
    December 8, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    The photograph of Dali and the seven nudes forming a skull is by Philippe HALSMAN in 1951 called ‘In Voluptas Mors’ it is often attributed to only Dali but is a collaborative piece with a very well known photographer at the time. It was based off a sketch by Dali but the image could not have been made with out Halsman who is often forgot and the true photographer.
    They collaborated over 37 years together on a number of works including the book Dali’s Moustache and Dali Automicus, its very easy to find the work and who it is actually by.

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