Act quick and you could own a piece of Silence of the Lambs memorabilia. In fact, you could live in it.
No, it’s not the skin suit, but you’re close: It’s the home that served as the setting for scenes involving Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine), the lesser of the two psychopaths in the 1991 thriller. The Fayette County, Pennsylvania, house went on sale on Sunday, according to Realtor.com, and the asking price is $300,000.
Described in the listing as a “standout” Victorian built in 1910, the home comes complete with a wraparound veranda and oak-paneled walls. It has three stories, three bedrooms, one full bath, a “winter parlor” and a pool house made from a caboose. It does not have the basement torture chamber where Levine’s character kept the senator’s daughter (Brooke Smith). That was filmed on a sound stage, and how many times do you suppose the realtor will have to explain that when showing the property?
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According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, owner Barbara Lloyd said she and her husband were eating dinner one night when a movie producer knocked on their door and asked to see the house. “They were looking for a home in which you entered the front door and had a straight line through,” Lloyd said. “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.”
Barbara and her husband, Scott, bought the home in 1976 and were married in the foyer in 1977. Dianne Wilk, the realtor, told the paper that she thought the house’s movie connection would spark interest in possibly turning it into a themed bed-and-breakfast.
“People love to be scared,” she said. “I could see somebody doing something fun with this.”