Jonathan Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs” has had an outsized influence on the horror genre since its release in 1991, contributing to an unending flow of movies, documentaries and bingeable series about serial killers.

But no one has yet topped Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of Hannibal Lecter — a man of wit, taste and an insatiable appetite for human flesh.

Even so, Sadawo Abe proves to be a worthy contender as a friendly baker turned murderous monster in Kazuya Shiraishi’s riveting psychological thriller “Lesson in Murder.”