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The Silence of the Lambs Scene 9

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Scene 9

Scene 9

  • Clarice takes the bug specimen to a museum for them to examine.
  • One scientist cuts it open while the other man asks her out. She deflects his advances.
  • The cocoon is slit open to reveal Acherontia styx, "the death's head moth."
  • They only live in Asia. He'd have to be imported.
  • Cut to Buffalo Bill's house, where these creepy moths are flying around all over the place while Bill, naked, works at his sewing machine.
  • A woman's screams for help are heard in the background.
  • She's in a hole in the ground, and Bill's little white dog stands at the edge, barking at her.

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