"Hitchcock was the master of suspense. Jonathan Demme was devoted to Hitchcock, and his influence can clearly be seen in Silence of the Lambs. Suspense is really an expression of fear, we can build that in our storytelling by witholding information. Frankly, it’s manipulation, but in using that manipulation it also empowers the story. Not knowing where we’re going to go next is the thing that human beings hate the most. We would all like to know where we’re going, if it’s all going to be alright.” - editor Craig McKay.