In addition to an acclaimed filmmaker, Quentin Tarantinoo is also an avid viewer, scrutinizing the various ways in which directors use film techniques to create the right atmosphere for the audience. In a recent interview for Empire, Tarantino claimed the scene where Cliff Booth enters Spahn Ranch in his movie Once upon a time in Hollywood is more terrifying than the end of The silence of the lambs.
“When you watch the movie with an audience for the first time … something is achieved that I think is difficult to achieve in a movie. It achieves terror. The audience is terrified of Cliff and the air in the theater changes. are genuinely scared … That order [at the end of The Silence of the Lambs] is beautiful. However, I would return to one aspect of it. I’ve seen movies before. I didn’t 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. No, I’ve seen too many movies to think it would actually happen … One of the reasons that scene [Spahn Ranch] works so effectively because Cliff could die. “
In context, in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Brad Pitt enters the role of Cliff Spahn Ranch, who, unknown to him, is the lair of a murderous cult. Cliff’s investigation leads him straight to the cult’s lair, and for some time a gruesome death at the hands of insane assassins certainly appears on the character’s cards. Fortunately, Cliff leaves before anything drastic happens.
On the other hand, the end of Silence of the lambs watched Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, enter the lair of notorious serial killer Buffalo Bill on her own. After a tense battle in which Bill nearly overpowers her, Clarice finally gains the upper hand. According to Tarantino, the difference between his film and The silence of the lambs boils down to what separates terror from tension.
‘There is a difference between tension and terror. On one side it is paper thin, on the other it is as wide as the Grand Canyon. Tension is’ what’s going to happen? ‘Terror is [when] you know exactly what’s going to happen and you don’t want to see it. “
Obviously, Tarantino has very strong ideas about what real terror is. And now we wonder what a pure horror movie made by Quentin Tarantino would look like. The director had discussed the possibility a few years ago and admitted that his penchant for injecting humor into scenes would prevent him from doing something like The Exorcist.
“If I had all the time in the world I’d love to make a really, really scary horror movie like The Exorcist. But I don’t know if I’ll take my sense of humor and put it in the backseat to hit. “fear from start to finish is the best use of my talents or my time. I don’t know if I can let go of that humor and make something like The Exorcist and keep that tone of fear all the way through.”
This news originated on planetradio.co.uk with the Empire podcast.
Subjects: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Silence of the Lambs