The home that was used for Buffalo Bill's (Ted Levine) terrifying abode in the Oscar-winning thriller Silence of the Lambs, is going on the market. Scott and Barbara Lloyd's three-story Victorian home near Perryopolis, Pennsylvania was put up for sale on Sunday, with an asking price of $300,000. The homeowners, who are both 63, have decided to sell the home and downsize, building a small ranch-style home just a few miles away.
The four-bedroom house was built in 1910, and the Lloyd's purchased it in 1976, getting married in the foyer in February 1977. While having dinner one night in 1989, a movie producer knocked on their door, asking if they could take photographs inside their home. The Silence of the Lambs filmmakers shot for only three days in the home, but it took the production crew more than six weeks to get the house ready for filming. Here's what Barbara Lloyd had to say about why their home was chosen for the now-iconic horror movie.
"They were looking for a home in which you entered the front door and had a straight line through. 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."
The home's foyer and dining room were both featured in the film, but the film's infamous dungeon scenes were shot on a soundstage near Pittsburgh. A number of scenes in the Best Picture-winning thriller were also shot in the area, including a scene where Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) is locked in a large cage after meeting with a U.S. Senator. That scene was filmed in Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, while another, where Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) crawls under a storage unit in search of new evidence, was shot at a Point Breeze warehouse.
If you're in the Pittsburgh/Fayette County area and find yourself in the market for a new home, you can visit ThePreferredRealty.com for more information on the home. The real estate agent, Dianne Wilk, said she wouldn't be surprised if the new owner turned it into a "horror-themed bed and breakfast." Would you buy the Buffalo Bill home from Silence of the Lambs, if you had $300,000 to spare?