Sign in. Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb : It rubs the lotion on its skin. It does this whenever it is told. Catherine Martin : Mister Whatever ransom you're askin' for, they pay it. Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb : It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again. It will get the hose!
Every Wednesday we show you a great scene from film history you may remember, you may not — and then we break it down for you. But it's easy to forget how varied it is in its creepiness: the slithering Hannibal Lecter; the convict flicking his semen at Jodie Foster; even the fog simmering through the woods surrounding FBI HQ in the film's opening. It's all so perfectly unsettling.
Buffalo Bill, whose real name is Jame Gumb, is the villain being tracked in the film Silence of the Lambs. Played expertly by Ted Levine, Buffalo Bill is modeled after killer Ed Gein, who skinned his victims; Ted Bundy, who used the cast on his hand as bait to make women get into his van; and Gary Heidnick, who kept women he kidnapped in a pit in his basement. His hobbies are collecting moths, sewing, and trying to be a woman the kidnapping and killing is just a means to an end. Jame: [To Catherine] Are you about a size 14? Jame: [To a mirror] Would you fuck me?