You Could Own The Home Of Buffalo Bill, From Silence Of The Lambs!!
Celebrate your purchase of this lovely four-bedroom Victorian home with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
Every good horror film fan knows The Silence of the Lambs. A classic horror film shot in 1991, starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. The primary villain in the film is Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb, played by Ted Levine, a deranged serial killer who skins his female victims in hopes of creating a “woman suit.” Now the fictional murderer’s house – a four-bedroom, one-bathroom Victorian set on a 1.76-acre lot in Perryopolis, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Fayette County, Pennsylvania – has hit the market with an asking price of $300,000, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The critically acclaimed film won six Oscars; including Best Picture, Best Director (Jonathon Demme), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Talley). In the film, the villain, Buffalo Bill, is eventually brought to justice by Clarice Starling (played by Foster) with assistance from imprisoned killer Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins).
The Silence of the Lambs is one of the most quoted films today. With classic quotes such as “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti” and “It puts the lotion on it’s skin or else it gets the hose again” or “Wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs.” The film has made an immeasurable mark on society today and has directly affected the work of future film-makers indefinitely.
With that in mind, who wouldn’t want to own a piece of this dark and horrifying classic? Buffalo Bill’s house remains one of film’s most horrifying interiors, featuring a basement well where the character starves his victims. In the Realtor.com listing, the real-life homeowners emphasize the movie connection while also distancing themselves from the cinematic killings – calling the property a “statement of taste and prosperity” and a “near-perfect expression of comfort.” The 1910 Princess Anne home also features a pool, four-car garage, wraparound veranda and “prominent staircase of paneled walls of oak.”
In an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, homeowners Scott and Barbara Lloyd explain that the foyer and dining room were utilized during the 1990 Lambs shoot, which involved six weeks of prep and three days of filming. “They were looking for a home in which you entered the front door and had a straight line through,” Barbara Lloyd told the publication. “They wanted it to look like a spider web, with Buffalo Bill drawing Jodie Foster into the foyer, into the kitchen, then into the basement.” Loving homeowners, the Lloyd’s haved lived in the home since 1977. In fact, the Lloyds were married in that famous foyer on Feb. 13, 1977, a couple of months after buying the house.
Buffalo Bill’s basement was filmed on a sound stage – theirs does not include a dungeon. Realtor Dianne Wilk said she could imagine the house being used as a “horror-themed bed and breakfast.”
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