silence of the lambs Optical illusion

The Silence of the Lambs Optical Illusion is based on the origin of the skull on the moth of the cover. The Death’s Head Moth features a skull over its head, but the skull is not an actual Skull. The Skull was originally the Dali Portrait which features nude women arranged in such a way to make the outline of a skull.

Manny did not notice this til much after the the movie was released, if you still haven’t seen it.. check it out! this illusion is very fitting for the movie.   Also check out the newest recreation of the Dali skull in The Decent Movie Cover.

Silence of the lambs movie poster

Deaths Head Moth
Deaths Head Moth, used on Silence of the Lambs Movie Poster

Silence of the lambs Deaths Head moth blown up
Blown Dali Skull on from Movie poster.

Original Dali Skull
The Original Dali Skull used to make the skull on the moth

10 Commentsto silence of the lambs Optical illusion

silence of the lambs Optical illusion
  1. Melissa.C says:

    WOW that is scary theres like people inside of ir:S ahah.. when u think of a butterfly or what ever it is with that on it it sounds funny but i woul be scared:S:S !!!! ahah!

  2. alex says:

    f***ing awesome – i had no idea that’s what was going on.

  3. Grey says:

    They also used this on the poster for the movie The Descent (I think that came out in 2006?) — they arranged the girls into the skull shape while making it appear that they were cave diving.

    Pretty neat :)

  4. [KwZ] says:

    I couldn’t see the reference by the time this movie was out and neither could anyone i know and enjoyed the movie. Maybe this was a bad design choice or maybe just a happy easter egg.

    @Grey: Yes, they used the same illusion in the movie “The Descent”.

  5. PersonUDontKnow says:


  6. amazedin scotland says:

    who are these people who leave such inane comments? Alex- lay off the whacky baccy and you might get a grip on what is going on.

  7. outdoorsman says:

    Melissa C- get out of the house occasionally, try to focus on this- in your head outside of your headit’s different!!!!!!

  8. Bajs says:

    Yeah, except it is not an optical illusion now is it…

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