The Shocking Truth is only true in part!
The other night I was enjoying one of my rare, very rare, experiences in couch-reclining and channel-surfing. I chanced upon this television show on REELZ called THE SHOCKING TRUTH. This one featured the film THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. While it promised hidden, unknown, or not commonly known facts regarding the movie, and most of the information it proffered was accurate, I found some of the salient facts REMAINED hidden. Specifically, the show failed to mention a couple of inspirations for the human monsters in the film, while attributing all the “credit” to serial killer Ted Bundy.
Bundy certainly was AN inspiration for the Buffalo Bill character, and to a lesser extent may have been for Hannibal Lecter, as well. Lecter’s working with an FBI agent to help capture a serial murderer at large mirrors Bundy’s own assistance in the search for the “Green River Killer.” But the show failed to mention Albert Fish, the cannibal who was a much bigger inspiration for Lecter than was Bundy. And it ignored Ed Gein completely. Gein was so obviously the inspiration for the human-skinning Buffalo Bill, as any student of True Crime will already know, that this failure to properly acknowledge him makes THE SHOCKING TRUTH come off as ill-prepared and considerably less than shocking—unless they want us to be shocked that they failed to mention Gein and Fish. (Gein also inspired Norman Bates from PSYCHO and Leatherface from THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, among others. But you all knew that already, I’m betting.)