'Why Do Critics Love Those Repellent Movies?'

Alfred Hitchcock said: "Go 'Boo!' to a baby. First it's frightened, then it laughs. Human beings love to be frightened."

Both Benson and Farber have forgotten Hitchcock's "then the baby laughs ." Anthony Hopkins gave the audience a great deal of humor in his interpretation of Hannibal the Cannibal.

Please remember that laughter is a gift from the gods, no matter what form it takes. In this truly horrific world, we need more sophisticated "boos." "Lambs" delivers them. Few films do.

MARY K. CARLISLE

Los Angeles

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