When George Romero Locked Eyes With Hannibal Lecter in "Silence of the Lambs"

When George Romero Locked Eyes With Hannibal Lecter in “Silence of the Lambs”

It’s been five years since the father of the dead’s passing into the afterlife and we are still mourning one of the greatest legends not only in the horror game a true innovator in the horror genre, George Romero. His countless contributions to the world of film including giving a classic look and stance to the modern zombie that has been ferociously imitated by many filmmakers etched his name into this world as forever a legacy.

However, while Romero’s contributions to the cinema world may be most remembered for his Dead movies, he often ventured outside the zombie apocalypse. Movies like Monkey ShinesCreepshow, and Tales From the Darkside: The Movie also have their own card in Romero’s bulging Rolodex. And in case you didn’t know, George Romero played an FBI agent in Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs.

I feel like at this point in the game, this little bit of horror trivia is most likely common knowledge, but I never like to assume anything. So in any regard, Romero’s uncredited walk-on role in the movie that forever tainted fava beans and Chianti is our fun horror movie fact of the day. The appearance comes after the infamous quid-pro-quo between Clarice and Lecter that dives into Starling’s psyche and traumatizing childhood memories of slaughtered lambs, thus the title of the story. Hannibal’s cleverly concocted conversational skills lead Starling to use up all her one-on-one time with the good doctor, only having to be escorted away by fellow FBI agents, one being, of course, George Romero. His cameo comes in at exactly 6:27 in the video seen below walking alongside that insufferable bastard Dr. Chilton.

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