Carole Willcocks

Moth wrangling in ''The Silence of the Lambs''

In Jonathan Demme’s new thriller, The Silence of the Lambs the theme of metamorphosis is in part represented by the life cycle of the moth. In a particularly unappetizing autopsy scene, Dr. Akin (Kenneth Utt), assisted by FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) works his forceps into the mouth of a corpse and pulls out a cocoon. According to moth wrangler and special effects wiz Raymond Mendez, ”We made a copy of a real sphinx moth pupa using a rubber mold. Then I poured melted Tootsie Rolls into the mold to form the pupa.

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